O'BYRNE, D., 2008. Last of their line: the disappearing Anglo-Irish in 20th-century fictions and autobiographies. IN: Busteed, M., Neal, F. and Tonge, J. (eds.). Irish Protestant Identities. Manchester : Manchester University Press, pp. 51-68.
It is a truism that the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy class in twentieth-century Ireland
declined in numbers, until they could more accurately be described as a Descendency.
They were unusually fecund in the charting of their own demise, producing an
impressive range of fiction and non-fiction. Here, I explore a selection of their writings
which are suffused with gothically atmospheric depiction of decaying buildings and
dwindling dynasties, surrounded by paradoxically flourishing horticulture.
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