Brendan Kennelly is one of Ireland's most distinguished and prolific poets, lecturers, and broadcasters. He achieved international recognition with his poetry epics Cromwell and The Book of Judas. He has published twenty books of poetry and has written four powerful verse plays on women's themes, as well as two novels and a substantial body of criticism. Leading literary critics have written this comprehensive collection of essays on Kennelly's work. A biographical portrait, an extensive bibliography and an insightful interview are included. Contributors include Gabriel Fitzmaurice with a biographical piece, Augustine Martin on his early work, Terence Brown on his novels, Gerald Dawe, Jonathan Allison and Anthony Roche on specific poetry, Kathleen McCracken on his plays for women and Ake Persson writes about Kennelly the critic. There is also an interview with him by the book's editor and an elaborate select bibliography including works on Kennelly and his broadcasts. 1995, Fore., pre., notes on contributors,--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.