Brendan Kennelly


Brendan Kennelly was born in Ballylongford, County Kerry, in 1936. He was Professor of Modern Literature at Trinity College Dublin from 1973 to 2005. A hugely popular public figure, he has published over 30 volumes of poetry, as well as plays, anthologies and these two novels.


The Young Are Desperate: two novels
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 70,550. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2013 by A. & A. Farmar. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Classics
The young are the heroes of these two boisterous novels by the renowned poet Brendan Kennelly. The Crooked Cross tells the dramatic story of a village in the south west of Ireland as it endures a prolonged drought, while The Florentines follows a young man who has left Ireland to go to an English university. Sharply unsentimental, these novels are told in attractive, spare and supple prose.

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