The Tailor and Ansty

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Mercier Press Ltd, 1970 - Biography & Autobiography - 168 pages
The Tailor and Ansty was banned soon after its first publication in 1942 and was the subject of much bitter controversy. It has become a modern Irish classic, promising to make immortal the Tailor and his irrepressible wife, Ansty, and securing a niche in Irish letters for their Boswell, Eric Cross. The Tailor never travelled further than Scotland, yet the breadth of the world could not contain the wealth of his humour and fantasy. All human life is here - marriages, inquests, matchmaking, wakes - and always the Tailor, his wife and their black cow.

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Introduction to the 1964 edition by Frank OConnor
Chapters 121 13
Epilogue I

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About the author (1970)

Eric Cross was born in Newry, County Down, in 1905 and was educated as a chemical engineer. He is best known as the recorder of the life of the Tailor and his wife Ansty, who first made their appearance in print in The Bell in February 1941. Silence is Golden, a selection of stories and essays by Eric Cross, appeared in 1978. He died in 1980. Supplier Gill