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Authors AZ provides comprehensive bio-bibliographical information about 5,000 authors with some extracts, representative commentary, and sundry notes about them. Irish journals past and present are similarly treated.

Bibliography holds annual lists of publications on Irish literature and its contexts, together with compiled topical bibliographies and others from key monographs. The table of contents of Irish-studies journals are held here too.

The Library holds digital classic Irish texts along with extracts from leading monographs and articles, and selections from leading international critics. A large collection of reviews can be found here also. [Password required.]

The Gateway gives world-wide access to Irish-studies centres, associations, publishers & journals, Irish-interest websites, &c. OPACs of leading libraries can be reached from here - including the amazing COPAC (UK).

The Journal gives some account of recent work on this website and functions as an aide memoire and diary for the website editor. For visitors it may provide some insight into daily operations at RICORSO.

About Ricorso gives information about this website relating to content and history, authorship and design, abbreviations and sources - as well as describing the methods of compilation and the format rules arrived at over the years.

Search Engine allows you to look up any word or combination of words either in any of the above regions or the entire website. The linked results can then be individually searched using your browser’s “Find” command.

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Ricorso is a large dataset of information about Irish writers and their works arranged in the form of a bio-bibliographical dictionary, with condensed biographies, lists of criticism and extracts from the works commentaries upon them. It also contains a digital library and a digital album as well as other sections devoted to journal bibliographies and gateways to different areas and sites of Irish studies. Ricorso contains a good deal of surprising information and material which other subject websites don’t. It is the result of a more or less continuous compilation process on the part of its deviser over three decades.

Bruce Stewart is Assistant Editor of The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature, a former Literary Director of the Princess Grace Irish Liberary in Monaco, a two-term Secretary of the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literatures, a Reader Emeritus in English Literature at the University of Ulster (N. Ireland) and presently a Professor of English at the Federal University of Rio do Norte in Brazil. He has called the website ‘a knowledge of Irish Literature’ because it traces the route of a life-long voyage in that body of writing on a path strewn with occasional impediments (some of his own making) and more miscalculations but always aimed at the heart of the matter of Ireland as nearly as his compass would allow.

The name and epigraph of the website are taken from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake in recognition of the fact that his last book is the nearest approximation to a totalisation of the Irish world - and the world of culture and experience at large - ever attempted in print since the days of “holy books”, whose scale and purpose he imitates and parodies in equal proportions. Finally, the singular of ‘knowledge’ in the sub-title averts to the limitations of its authorship - its partiality and even its random character. Abi Viator / Et imitare, si poteris.