A Timeline of Major Irish Literary Works


Histories are told through stories. Irish literary history is measured in major works and writings, but these texts can also illuminate a great many pivotal events in the country’s history. 
Irish Literature in the 12th century 
The Book of Leinster – 1150 AD (The Lebor Gabala Erren), Aislinge Mac Conglinne 
Irish Literature in the 14th century 
The Yellow Book of Lecan, The Great Book of Lecan, The Book of Hy Many, and The Book of Ballymote 
Irish Literature in the 17th century 
The Mourning Bride (1697) – William Congreve, Léig Dhíot Th’arm, a mhacaoimh mná – Phiarais Feirtéir, A Fhir Chumainn – Feargal óg Mac a BhairdForas Feasa ar Éirinn – Seathrún CéitínTruagh t’Fhágbháil, A Inis Chuinn, – Brian Mac Giolla Phádraig, Ware’s Tracts on Popery – James Ware, Is mairg nár chrean le maitheas saoghalts – Dáibhí O’Bruadair 
Irish Literature in the 18th century 
The Deserted Village (1770) – Oliver Goldsmith, Gullivers Travels – Jonathan Swift, The School for Scandal (1776) – Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Brief Discourse – Aodh Buidhe MacCruitín, Wind and Weather, a Sermon (1797) – James Porter, A Letter to the Right Honorable William Pitt (1799) – William Drennan, Poems on Various Subjects (1804) – James Orr, To a Lady- Mary Barber, Tristram Shandy (1760) – Laurence Sterne, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) – Edmund Burke, The Shaugraun (1875) -Dion Boucicault 
Irish Literature in the Great Irish Famine: 1845-1850 
John Keegan, Anthologia Germanica (1845) – James Clarence Mangan, Alexander the Great (1874) – Aubrey Thomas de Vere, Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry (1830) – William Carleton 
Irish Literature in the 19th century  
John Corry, Elizabeth Hardy, William Butler Yeats, Gerald Griffin, Maria Edgeworth, Julia Kavanagh, Katharine Tynan, Alfred Perceval Graves, Michael John Barry, John Banim, Gerald Griffin, Knocknagow (1879) – Charles Kickham, Isaac Bickerstaff, George Moore, William Hamilton Drummond, George Brittaine, Somerville and Ross, William Drennan, Dracula – Bram Stoker, Edmund John Armstrong, Pygmalion (1913) – George Bernard Shaw, The Importance of being Earnest – Oscar Wilde, Jane Wilde, Thomas Dermody, Lord Kilgobbin(1872) – Charles James Lever, The Ballad Book (1864) – William Allingham, Spirit of the Nation – Thomas Osborne Davis, Anna Maria Fielding, Handy Andy – Samuel Lover, Marguerite Power  
Irish Literature in the 20th century 
Ulysses – James Joyce, Selected Stories. The Midnight Court (1946) – Frank O’Connor, Wild Oats – John O’Keefe, Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett, The Playboy of the Western World – John Millington Synge, Flann O’Brien, Station Island – Seamus Heaney, Juno and the Paycock – Sean O’Casey, Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan, Padraig Pearse, Oliver St.John Gogarty, Padraig Colum, Alfred O’Rahilly, Roger Casement, Augusta Gregory, Francis Stuart, Flann O’Brien , Patrick Kavanagh, Francis Edward Ledwidge, Louis MacNeice, James Simmons, Derek Mahon, Eavon Boland, Paul Muldoon, Emma Donoghue, Brian Friel, Sean O’Faolain, Liam O’Flaherty, Frank O’Connor, Edna O’Brien 
Irish Literature in the 21st century
Hay (1998) – Paul Muldoon, The Hill Bachelors (2001) – William Trevor, The Sea (2005) – John Banville, Colm Tobin, Amongst Women (1990) – John McGahern, Medbh McGuckian, The Butcher Boy (1998) – Patrick McCabe, Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha (1993) – Roddy Doyle, Dermot Healy, Brian Keenan, Niall Williams, The Steward of Christendom (1997) – Sebastian Barry, The New Estate (1976) – Ciaran Carson  

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