For the literary aficionado, Gene Bernshtam recommends a visit to Dublin, Ireland to learn more about some of the most famous writers the world has produced. For a quick overview, please continue reading below.
Irish writers are some of the most renowned in the world. Of note are four of them who were each awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature: William Butler Yeats in 1923 (for his poetry), George Bernard Shaw in 1925 (following the successful premier of his play, “Saint Joan” on Broadway), Samuel Beckett in 1969 (for his novels), and Seamus Heaney in 1995 (for “works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth).
Going back to your literary journey to Dublin, Eugene Bernshtam first recommends a visit to the Dublin Writers Museum in Parnell Square. The structure in which the museum is housed is a masterpiece as well; an 18th century mansion that is also home to a library and gallery.
The collection of books, letters, and personal artifacts here spans over three hundred years. View the works of such literary greats like James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and Patrick Pearse.
If you’re a huge fan of W.B. Yeats, you could easily get lost in the writer’s manuscripts housed in the National Library of Ireland. The library holds the world’s largest collection of Yeats’ manuscript—approximately 2,000 in all!
For the original manuscript of the Book of Kells (book of the 4 gospels written in Latin), head to the Old Library at Trinity College on College Green. For a little bit more on Patrick Pearse, go to the Pearse Museum at St. Enda’s Park. The museum was once the living and study quarters of Pearse himself and his students.
It’s recommended to allot a few days when visiting these sites so one can fully appreciate what they have to offer.
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