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Maria Cross: Imaginative Patterns in a Group of Catholic Writers Conor Cruise OBrien

Maria Cross: Imaginative Patterns in a Group of Catholic Writers

Conor Cruise OBrien

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The first literary phase in the brilliant and protean career of Conor Cruise OBrien was his work as critic for Dublin literary magazine The Bell, which begat this collection of essays first published in 1952 (under the pseudonym Donat ODonnell,MoreThe first literary phase in the brilliant and protean career of Conor Cruise OBrien was his work as critic for Dublin literary magazine The Bell, which begat this collection of essays first published in 1952 (under the pseudonym Donat ODonnell, as OBrien was then a working civil servant.) In it, OBrien set himself to a study of the patterns of several exceptionally vivid imaginations which are permeated by Catholicism - from Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh to Francois Mauriac and Paul Claudel - and to analyse what those patterns might share. The originality and flair of Maria Cross won OBrien many vocal admirers, among them Dag Hammarskjold, cerebral Secretary-General of the United Nations.A most interesting and at times brilliant book, admirably and wittily written.New StatesmanOne of the most acute and stimulating books of literary criticism to be published for some years. Spectator