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Primary Texts

Ó Crohan, Tomás. The Islandman. Edited by Seán Ó Coileáin. Translated by Robin Flower. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Available for free on the Internet Archive. Requires free registration.

Ó Crohan, Tomás. The Islander: A Translation of An tOileánach -- The Autobiography of Tomás O’Crohan as Presented in the Cló Talbóid Edition Under the Editorship of Seán Ó Coileáin 2002. Edited by Seán Ó Coileáin. Translated by Garry Bannister and David Sowby. Dublin, Ireland: Gill & Macmillan, 2012.

Ó Súileabháin, Muiris. Twenty Years A-Growing. Nashville, Tennessee: J.S. Sanders & Co., 1998.

Sayers, Peig. An Old Woman’s Reflections. London: Oxford University Press, 1962. Available for free on the Internet Archive. Requires free registration.

Sayers, Peig. Peig: The Autobiography of Peig Sayers of the Great Blasket Island. Dublin: Talbot Press, 1974. Available for free on the Internet Archive. Requires free registration.

Secondary Sources

Flower, Robin. The Western Island ; Or, The Great Blasket. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978. Available for free on the Internet Archive. Requires free registration.

Harrison, Alan. “Review Article: Blasket Literature.” Irish University Review 31, no. 2 (2001): 488-494.

Hughes, Eamonn. “‘The Fact of Me-Ness’: Autobiographical Writing in the Revival Period.” Irish University Review 33, no. 1 (2003): 28–45.

Luce, J. V. “Homeric Qualities in the Life and Literature of the Great Blasket Island.” Greece and Rome 16, no. 2 (1969): 151–68.

Lysaght, Patricia. “From the British Museum to the Great Blasket: Robin Flower and the Western Island.” Folklore 128, no. 3 (2017): 219–43.

Mac Conghail, Muiris. The Blaskets: A Kerry Island Library. Dublin: Country House, 1987. Available for free on the Internet Archive. Requires free registration.

Nic Craith, Máiréad. The Vanishing World of the Islandman: Narrative and Nostalgia. Springer International Publishing, 2020.

Nic Eoin, Máirín. "Twentieth-Century Gaelic Autobiography: From lieux de mémoire to Narratives of Self-invention." In Modern Irish Autobiography: Self, Nation and Society. Edited by Liam Harte, 132-155. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2007.

O’Guiheen, Micheál. A Pity Youth Does Not Last: Reminiscences of the Last of the Great Blasket Island’s Poets and Storytellers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Available for free on the Internet Archive. Requires free registration.

Quigley, Mark. "Modernity’s Edge: Speaking Silence on the Blaskets." In Empire’s Wake: Postcolonial Irish Writing and the Politics of Modern Literary Form. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.

Stagles, Joan, and Ray Stagles. The Blasket Islands: A Kingdom of Stories. Dublin: The OʼBrien Press, 2019.

Thomson, George. Island Home: The Blasket Heritage. Dingle, Ireland: Brandon, 1998. Available for free on the Internet Archive. Requires free registration.

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Author Bios

Peig Sayers - Dictionary of Irish Biography.

Maurice O'Sullivan - Dictionary of Irish Biography.

Tomás O'Crohan - Dictionary of Irish Biography.

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Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. By Peter Berresford Ellis. ABC-CLIO, 1992.

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