The Lake by George Moore. Hardback. William Heinemann, 1905.
The Lake is a novel about an Irish priest's loss not of faith, but who is committed to the principles fostered in him during his training. It describes his discovery of a more fulfilling religion that celebrates instinct as being man's true mode of communion with his soul, and is also about the satisfactions of living close to nature in Ireland. The atmosphere of the Mayo countryside and the rich historical associations in every church, castle, or abbey, ruin and farmstead, are evoked with a rare skill, subtly illuminating the relationship that Moore takes as his theme between place and the Irish personality.
George Augustus Moore (24 February 1852 – 21 January 1933) was an Irish novelist, short-story writer, poet, art critic, memoirist and dramatist. Moore came from a Roman Catholic landed family who lived at Moore Hall in Carra, County Mayo. He originally wanted to be a painter, and studied art in Paris during the 1870s. There, he befriended many of the leading French artists and writers of the day. As a naturalistic writer, he was amongst the first English-language authors to absorb the lessons of the French realists, and was particularly influenced by the works of Émile Zola.His writings influenced James Joyce, according to the literary critic and biographer Richard Ellmann,and, although Moore's work is sometimes seen as outside the mainstream of both Irish and British literature, he is as often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist.
Condition very good. Slight mottling on page edge. Embossed Linen hardback in orange/russet. Spine faded to khaki with black lettering.