The Tailor and Ansty
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.
Introduction to the 1964 edition by Frank OConnor
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