Faculty Bookshelf: Tom Shea

Books by Tom Shea

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Flann O’Brien’s Exorbitant Novels (Bucknell University Press, 1992)

Since the debut of At Swim-Two-Birds in 1939, Flann O’Brien’s novels have delighted and perplexed generations of readers with a taste for creative havoc. But while praise has been plentiful, serious scholarly criticism has been lacking. Shea’s book remedies this deficiency by analyzing O’Brien’s novelistic career in the light of previously neglected material: his early, uncollected prose written for Comhthrom Feinne and Blather, two unpublished manuscripts of At Swim-Two-Birds, and his unpublished letters which reveal some of the hidden authorial strategies of the man behind the masks.