Dictionary of Irish Biography 9 Volume Set: From the Earliest Times to the Year 2002 (Hardback)
  • Dictionary of Irish Biography 9 Volume Set: From the Earliest Times to the Year 2002 (Hardback)

Dictionary of Irish Biography 9 Volume Set: From the Earliest Times to the Year 2002 (Hardback)

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Published in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy, the Dictionary of Irish Biography is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical reference work available both in print and online for Ireland. From James Ussher to James Joyce, St Patrick to Patrick Pearse, St Brigit to Maud Gonne MacBride, Maria Edgeworth to Elizabeth Bowen, Edward Carson to Bobby Sands, this indispensable resource outlines the careers at home and overseas of prominent men and women born in Ireland, north and south, and the noteworthy Irish careers of those born outside Ireland. Distinctive features of the Dictionary include the particular attention paid to outstanding women who have previously been overlooked and its broad coverage of the modern period. * 9 volumes, over 9,000 entries, covering 9,700 lives, ranging from the earliest times to 2002 * Biographical subjects include: artists, scientists, lawyers, actors, musicians, writers, politicians, criminals, and saints * Compiled by 700 expert advisors and contributors * Articles range from 200 to 15,000 words, from fascinating short summaries to detailed assessments.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521633314
Number of pages: 9672
Weight: 22200 g
Dimensions: 190 x 270 x 205 mm

'In its range, its seriousness, its clarity, its comprehensive nature, it will change the face of Irish scholarship. It is an indispensable resource, a piece of sterling public service and it is a real reason to feel proud to be Irish this year.' Colm Toibin
'It is a milestone in the history of scholarship in Ireland.' Taoiseach Brian Cowen
'It is an indispensable reference work, as well as reflecting a wide definition of what constitutes an historically significant character.' Diarmaid Ferriter
'A leisurely browse reveals this to be a magnificent reference work that will prove to be of lasting value for generations of Irish scholars.' Sunday Business Post
'The Royal Irish Academy's monumental Dictionary of Irish Biography, all 7,000 pages of it, has just been published to the sound of dropping jaws, purring appreciation and universal acclaim.' Sunday Tribune
'With its ongoing additions and new insights to Irish identity, the DIB promises to be as important in its evolution as it has been during its inception.' Irish America
'It is, without doubt, the biggest thing in books in Ireland for years ... The DIB will be a very valuable resource for students, writers and anyone doing research. It will put the lives of all notable Irish people into every major university and library in the world for the first time.' Irish Independent
'The production by the Royal Irish Academy of this magnificent nine-volume dictionary of Irish biography from the earliest times to the year 2002, outlining the careers of prominent Irishmen and Irishwomen, is a milestone in Irish historical scholarship.' Charles Lysaght, Sunday Independent
'It is safe to say that it will transform the world of Irish scholarship. ... The obvious comparison is with the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, published five years ago, and this Cambridge project can stand the test. ... the authoritativeness, balance and eye for a telling detail are of the same order. ... the Dictionary of Irish Biography represents, overall, a triumph of imaginative scholarship as well as painstaking generalship on the part of the editors, whose commitment is above praise.' Roy Foster, The Times Literary Supplement
'Twelve years in the making, the innovative and imaginative comprehensive Dictionary of Irish Biography is a wonderful work of scholarship.' Irish Times
'Let us first salute this great publishing endeavour and the initiative of the Royal Irish Academy in undertaking, with Cambridge University Press, the long overdue publication of a Dictionary of Irish Biography. The complete series is an outstanding accomplishment and a work of national importance ...' Irish Arts Review
'Dr Johnson proclaimed the Irish an honest race because they seldom spoke well of one another. Perhaps this explains why it has taken so long for this all-embracing, elegant and erudite - but most of all, fair-minded - account of the people of Ireland. ... If it is possible to answer the question 'what does it mean to be Irish?', it must surely be found in these pages.' Mark McGinness, Sydney Morning Herald
'Described as the largest humanities research project undertaken in Ireland and a milestone in the history of the country's scholarship, the DIB is a considerable achievement. It is not surprising that it won the prestigious 2009 American Publishers' Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence for Best Multivolume Reference Work in the Humanities and Social Sciences.' National Centre of Biography, Australia
"Publication of the RIA's Dictionary of Irish Biography is an epoch-making event in the history of Irish scholarship. It changes the state of knowledge in the twenty-first century as decidedly as the Ordnance Survey did in the nineteenth." --Seamus Heaney, poet, Nobel Prize for Literature (1995)
"The Dictionary of Irish Biography will be greeted with delight by all those who study Irish literature and Irish history. It will not only make life easier for scholars and students, but become a palimpsest of the Irish acheivement over many centuries." --Colm Toibin, author of The Master and Brooklyn
"Imaginatively conceived, and meticulously edited, the Dictionary of Irish Biography fills, and fills handsomely, perhaps the most glaring of all gaps in Irish historiography, propelling Ireland into the very front rank internationally for reference works on this scale." --J.J. Lee, Director, Glucksman Ireland House and Glucksman Professor of Irish Studies, New York University
"It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of the publication of the multi-volume Dictionary of Irish Biography. It is a work of impressive scholarship and bears testimony to the high standards set by its editors. In many ways it marks the coming of age of Irish Studies as a discipline worldwide. The Dictionary is a composite work by the generation who achieved this and in its editors, James McGuire and James Quinn, it has had true leaders, with the patience and vision to pull together a work of remarkable and enduring quality. A truly momentous landmark has been reached." --Marianne Elliott, Director, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool
"Those producing this resource come with impressive credentials, especially McGuire, who is chair of the Irish Manuscripts Commission and a member of the Royal Irish Academy, under whose auspices the work was published. BOTTOM LINE Highly recommended for academic libraries and larger public libraries where there is an interest in Celtic studies." --Starred review in Library Journal
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"A testament to the scholarship and work of the editorial team....The online edition has a very good search function which includes advanced options." --Choice

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