Writer, poet, academic, broadcaster and re-founder of the magazine "Poetry Ireland", Dublin-born John Jordan (1930-88) was a distinguished scholar - critic in the Dublin of the fifties and sixties. This gathering of prose essays and reviews are taken from the columns of the "Irish Press", "Hibernia", "The Crane Bag" and "Irish University Review". They focus on Joyce, Kavanagh, O'Casey, Behan, Bowen, Gregory, Shaw and Wilde, as well as on Irish drama and Paul Valery. Jordan brings a continental sensibility to bear on his literary milieu.
HUGH MCFADDEN is a poet and journalist and is also the Executor of the Literary Estate of John Jordan. He is author of Pieces of Time (2004) and Selected Poems (2005) and editor of The Collected Stories of John Jordan (1991) and The Collected Poems of John Jordan (1991).