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This edition: The Classics

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Literacy came to Ireland in the 5th century along with Christianity, and for the next two hundred years it was the repository of Christian writing and thought. Program one examines Irish literature from its beginnings in medieval Ireland, to its transition from Irish Gaelic to English, to the Irish literary tradition of satire, and finally to the rich and brilliant words of Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker.
- 5th Century AD – St. Patrick’s Prayer
- 1726 – Gulliver’s Travels, the first great Irish novel
- 1766 – Oliver Goldsmith publishes The Vicar of Wakefield
- 1891 – Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is published
- 1897 – Bram Stoker introduces Dracula to the world

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