By John Tomedi
Offers info on Dublin. This advisor contains an advent by way of esteemed literary critic Harold Bloom; a close literary and cultural background of the town, describing its improvement from the time of the Gaelic-speaking Celts via its turbulent fight to discover a feeling of self; colour illustrations of literary landmarks, and extra.
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Work began in 1769 to fill in an open space at the top of Parliament Street with the Royal Exchange—today’s City Hall. Trinity College saw a major facelift in this century, and many of the buildings erected during this promising time grace the campus today. The Rubrics, a set of dormitories, were finished in 1700. The Library, with its famous Long Room, was completed in 1732; since 1801 an Act of Parliament has entitled it to a free copy of every book published in England and Ireland. The Printing House, built in 1734, remains the home of the University Press, and construction on the Dining Hall was completed in 1740.
Marsh would no doubt be pained to find among his collection of works on theology, law, medicine, science, and mathematics the personal collection of Dr. Swift, along with the table at which Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels, and Swift’s will asks that his body lie next to the Archbishop’s in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Yet the current building of Marsh’s Library, built in 1781, sits squarely atop the Dean’s residence and his beloved garden. SWIFT: CHAMPION OF THE IRISH PEOPLE It wasn’t until 1720 that Swift began the sort of work that would make him a champion of the Irish in general, and of Dubliners in particular.
Once King Charles I was executed and the Commonwealth declared, the need to vanquish Irish Royalists became tantamount. The city of Dublin—England’s home away from home—had been besieged by Royalist and Catholic factions, with troops numbering near 19,000. In desperation, the Governor Colonel Michael Jones led his small force of 5,000 men out of the city. He succeeded. Cromwell and his army arrived in Dublin two days later to cheers and celebration. In just a few years, the Cromwellians won complete control of the country.
Dublin (Bloom's Literary Places) by John Tomedi