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Chapter 4 of my memoir, my Irish chapter, is now part of the archives of Clare County Library. See
Now retired, I live in York in the UK where I have lived for over 30 years. I write about aspects of my life in various books but, until now, until the present book that is, I haven't written an autobiography as such. I began publishing with my wife, Mary Eagleton, in a critical study of English fiction and social class (1979), but most of my publishing career has been taken up with books on Irish writing, in particular Yeats and Joyce. In recent years, I acted as literary reviews editor for a Spanish Irish studies internet journal (www.estudiosirlandeses.org). I still do some reviewing and keep in touch with former students and friends round the world, but I haven’t embarked on any major critical project since Reading Joyce (2008). The memoir I have just written took me from October 2009 and September 2011 to complete. I continue to read widely, mostly in literature, and am constantly surprised by new authors and older material. On the other hand, I find I put down books more readily than I used to. Most of the memoir is taken up with the first third of my life, and thereafter with teaching in schools and university, both abroad and here in Britain.