‘The Greatest of These’ – An Irishman’s Diary on Francis McManus
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General literature studies, Specific literatures
Francis McManus (1909-1965) is known to those of us of a certain age because his novel depicting a priest’s revolt against authority, The Greatest of These (1943), was on the Leaving Certificate English syllabus for many years. I did not feel at the time it had any of the allure of Wuthering Heights, the poignancy of King Lear, the political resonance of Yeats, the lyricism of Wordsworth or Kavanagh.
Maher, E. (2020) ‘The Greatest of These’ – An Irishman’s Diary on Francis McManus, The Irish Times, August, 2020.