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Begun in April 2007, this collection is the newest of Leonard Milberg's endeavors. Given the success of the two previous Irish collections, it was decided to expand collecting into the area of prose writers. As of September 2009, 102 authors had been selected for inclusion in the collection. This list is expected to be revised over the coming year.
In celebration of this project, the Library exhibited selected books, manuscripts, art, and other materials in the collection: The Cracked Lookingglass: Highlights from The Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Prose Writers. Published in connection with the exhibition is a 224 page catalogue. For details, click here.
All accessions to the collection between its inception and 1 April 2010 are in honor of Robert Fagles. On and after 1 April 2010 all accessions are in honor of J. Howard Woolmer.
The collection is regularly growing and catalogue entries for individual items in it can be retrieved in the main catalog by searching "Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Prose" as a phrase using the Keyword index. (To do this: 1. Go to Guided Search. 2. Put "Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Prose" in the first search box. 3. Select "as a phrase" from the pull down menu. 4. In the next pull down menu at right, select "Keyword Anywhere" 5. Then, click the button labeled "Search")
The list as of September 2009
1. Banim, John (1798-1842) Born Kilkenny. Novelist 2. Banim, Michael (1796-1874) Born Kilkenny. Novelist 3. Banville, John (1945- ) Born Wexford. Novelist, Short Story Writer 4. Barry, Sebastian (1955- ) Born Dublin Novelist, Playwright 5. Bell, Sam Hanna (1909-1990) Born Glasgow, To Ireland As A Child. Novelist, Short Story Writer 6. Birmingham, George A. (1865-1950) Born Belfast. Novelist 7. Blackwood, Caroline (1931- ) Born Ulster. Novelist, Short Story Writer 8. Bolger, Dermot (1959- ) Born Dublin. Novelist, Playwright, Poet, Publisher 9. Bowen, Elizabeth (1899-1973) Born Dublin. Novelist, Short Story Writer 10. Boylan, Clare (1948- ) Born Dublin. Novelist, Short Story Writer 11. Boyle, Patrick (1905-1982) Born Co. Antrim. Novelist, Short Story Writer 12. Brennan, Maeve (1919-1996) Born Dublin.Novelist, Journalist 13. Browne, Frances (1816-1887) Born Co. Donegal. Novelist, Poet 14. Bullock, Shan F. (1865-1935) Born Co. Fermanship 15. Butler, Hubert (1900-1991) Born Kilkennny, Essayist 16. Cadhain, Mairtin (1907-1970) Born Co. Galway. Writer, Language Activist. Irish 17. Carleton, William (1794-1869) Born Co. Tyrone. Novelist, Short Story Writer 18. Cary, (Arthur) Joyce (Lunel) (1888-1957) Born Derry. Novelist 19. Childers, Robert Erskine (1870-1922) Born London, Raised Ireland. Novelist 20. Conaire, Padraig (1882-1928) Born Galway. Writer. Irish 21. Corkery, Daniel (1878-1964) Born Cork. Playwright 22. Criomhthain, Tomas (1854-1937) Blasket Island Writer. Irish 23. Crohan, Tomas. See; O Criomhthain 24. Donleavy, J.P. (1926- ) Born Brooklyn. Novelist 25. Donoghue, Emma (1969- ) Born Dublin. Novelist, Playwright, Short Story Writer 26. Dorcy, Mary (1950- ) Born Dublin. Novelist, Poet, Short Story Writer 27. Doyle, Lynn (1873-1961) Born Co. Down. Humorist 28. Doyle, Roddy (1958- ) Born Dublin. Novelist 29. Edgeworth, Maria (1768-1849) Born Oxfordshire, To Ireland As A Child. Writer 30. Farrell, J.G. (1935-1979) No He Was English. Wrote One Novel Abt Ireland 31. Farrell, M.J. See; Molly Keane Fiannachta, Padraig. See: O Criomhthain 32. Foster, Robert Fitzroy (1949- ) Historian & writer 33. Gebler, Carlo (1954- ) Born Dublin. Novelist 34. Griffin, Gerald (1803-1840) Borm Limerick. Novelist, Man Of Letters 35. Hall, Mrs. S.C. (1800-1881) Born Dublin. Novelist, Short Story Writer 36. Hamilton, Hugo (1953- ) Born Dun Laoghaire. Novelist, Short Story Writer 37. Healy, Dermot (1947- ) Born Co. Westmeath. Novelist, Short Story Writer 38. Higgins, Aidan (1927- ) Born Co. Kildare. Novelist, Short Story Writer 39. Hogan, Desmond (1950- ) Born Co. Galway. Novelist, Short Story Writer 40. Hyde, Douglas (1860-1949) Born Co. Roscommon. Scholar, Cultural Leader, President Of Ireland. 41. Johnston, Jennifer (1930- ) Born Dublin. Novelist 42. Jordan, Neil (1950- ) Born Sligo. Novelist, Short Story Writer, Screenwriter 43. Keane, Molly (C. 1904-1996) Born Co. Kildare. Writer 44. Keegan, Claire (1968 - ) 45. Kickham, Charles (1828-1882) Born Co. Tipperary. Writer And Revolionary' 46. Kiely, Benedict (1919-2007) Born Co. Tyrone. Novelist, Short Story Writer 47. Laverty, Maura (1907-1966) Born Co. Kildare. Writer 48. Lavin, Mary (1912-1996) Born Massachussetts, Moved To Ireland As A Child. Novelist, S.S.Writer 49. Lawless, Emily (1845-1913) Born Kildare. Poet, Novelist 50. Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan (1814-1873) Born Dublin. Novelist, Short Story Writer' 51. Leitch, Maurice (1933- ) Born Co. Antrim. Novelist 52. Lover, Samuel (1797-1868) Born Dublin. Novelist, Dramatist, Song-Writr 53. Macgrianna, Seamas. Irish 54. Macgrianna, Seosamh (1900-1990) Born Co. Donegal. Writer. Irish 55. Macken, Walter (1915-1967) Born Galway. Novelist, Playwright 56. Maclaverty, Bernard (1942- ) Born Belfast. Novelist, Short Story Writer 57. Madden, Deidre 58. Martin, Violet (See Violet Ross/Edith Somerville) 59. Maturin, Charles Robert (1780-1824) Born Dublin. Novelist, Playwright 60. Mccabe, Patrick (1955- ) Born Co. Monaghan. Novelist, Playwright 61. Mccann, Colum (1965- ) Born Dublin. Novelist Short Story Writer 62. Mcgahern, John (1934- ) Born Dublin. Novelist, Short Story Witer 63. Mclaverty, Michael (1904-1992) Born Co. Monaghan. Novelist, Short Story Writer 64. Mcnamee, Eoin (1961- ) Born Co. Down. Fiction Writer 65. Moore, Brian (1921- ) Born Ulster. Novelist 66. Morgan, Lady (Sydney Owenson) 1776-1859) Writer 67. Murdoch, Iris (1919-1999) Born Dublin. Novelist, Dramatist 68. O'Brien, Conor Cruise (1917- ) Born Dubin. Man Of Letters 69. O'Brien, Edna (1936- ) Born Co. Clare. Novilist 70. O'Brien, George (1945- ) Born Enniscorthy.Memoirist And Critic 71. O'Brien, Kate (1897-1974) Born Limerick. Novelist, Playwright, Critic 72. O'Connor, Frank (1903-1966) Born Cork. Novelist, Short Story Writer 73. O'Connor, Joseph (1963- ) Born Dublin. Novelist, Short Story Writer 74. O'Doherty, Brian (Patrick Ireland) (1930- ) Born Co. Roscommon, Artist And Writer 75. O'Donnell, Peadar (1893-1986) Born Co. Donegal.Novelist, Short Story Writer 76. O'Faolain, Julia (1932- ) Born London. Novelist, Short Story Writer 77. O'Faolain, Sean (1900-1991) Born Cork. Short Story Writer 78. O'Faolain, Nuala 79. O'Flaherty, Liam (1896-1984) Born Inishmore, Aran Islands. Novelist, Short Story Writer 80. O'Grady, Standish (1846-1928) Born Co. Cork. Novelist 81. O'Neill, Jamie 82. O'Neill, Joseph (1878-1953). Born Co. Galway. Novelist 83. O'Toole, Fintan (1958- ) Born Dublin. Critic 84. Pearse, Patrick (1879-1916) Born Dublin. Writer, Revolutionarry. Irish 85. Plunkett, James (1920- ) Born Dublin. Novelist, Short Story Writer, 86. Ross, Martin, Pseud Of Violet Martin (1862-1915). Born Co. Galway. (See E.O.Somervillle) 87. Sayers, Peig (1873-1958) Born Co. Kerry. Oral Storyteller. Irish Woman 88. Sheehan, Canon Patrick Augustine (1852-1913) Born Co. Cork. Novelist 89. Somerville, Edith Oenone (1858-1949) Born Corfu. Writer. (See Also Violet Martin) 90. Starkie, Walter (1894-1976) Born Co. Dublin. Writer 91. Stoker, Bram (1847-1912) Born Dublin. Novelist 92. Stuart, Francis (1902-2000) Born Australia 93. Suilleabhain, Muiris (1904-1950) Blasket Island Writer. Irish 94. Toibin, Colm (1955- ) Born Co. Wexford. Novelist, Journalist 95. Trevor, William (1928- ) Born Co. Cork. Novelist 96. Tynan, Katharine (1861-1931) Born Co. Dubllin. Novelist, Poet 97. Ua Laoghaire, Peadar (1839-1920) Born Co. Cork. Author And Priest. Irish 98. Ussher, Arland (1899-1980) Born London. Essayist, Critic 99. Wall, Mervyn (1908-1997) Born Dublin. Novelist, Playwright 100. Walsh, Maurice (1879-1964) Born Co. Kerry. Novelist, Short Story Writer 101. West, Anthony C. (1910-1988) Born Co. Down. Novelist, Short Story Writer 102. Wilde, Lady (Speranza) (1821-1896) Born Dublin. Writer, Wit