Dr. Nicholas Allen, lecturer in DIT's School of Languages, is the author of a fascinating new book on George Russell ' poet, author, and central figure of the Irish intellectual revival. The book, 'George Russell (AE) and the New Ireland, 1905-30' is published by Four Courts Press.

Otherwise known as AE, Russell (1867 - 1935) was an artist, poet, essayist, editor, journalist, dramatist and novelist. A radical intellectual, he was deeply involved in the political and philosophical life of the Ireland of his time and is credited with bringing about a revival in Irish thought that merged literature and culture with politics and revolution.

In a publishing career which spanned four decades, Russell published work by the major Irish contemporary writers including Joyce, Kavanagh, O'Casey, O'Connor, O'Faolain, O'Flaherty, Shaw, Stuart and Yeats. He was also editor of two of the most important journals of 20th century Ireland, the Irish Homestead (1905-23) and the Irish Statesman (1923-30).

In this new book, Nicholas Allen brings Russell's world of journals, magazines, pamphlets, propaganda and constant controversy to life.

The book was published on January 28. The author is also co-editor of the forthcoming essay collection, The Cities of Belfast (Four Courts Press, September 2003).

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