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Professor Roy Foster

Professor Roy Foster

Roy Foster is Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and the author of many books on modern Irish history and culture , including Modern Ireland 1600-1972 (1989), Paddy and Mr Punch (1993), The Irish Story: telling tales and making it up in Ireland (2001), Luck and the Irish: a brief history of change, 1970-2000 (2007) and  the two-volume biography of W.B.Yeats, The Apprentice Mage, 1865-1914 (1997) and The Arch Poet, 1915-1939 (2003). He has also written  biographies of Charles Stewart Parnell (1977) and Lord Randolph Churchill (1981). His most recent book is Words Alone: Yeats and his Inheritances (2011), based on his 2009 Clark Lectures at Cambridge, which deals with a number of Irish writers of the nineteenth century, including Sheridan LeFanu and Bram Stoker. In 2014 he will publish The Vivid Faces: making a revolution in Ireland, c 1890-1923. He is also a well-known cultural commentator, broadcaster and critic.