John mcgahern and the imagination of tradition presents mcgahern as a novelist of ideas by showing how his fiction engages in a knowing and self conscious way with ideas about literature from different historical periods. 152 john mcgahern and the imagination of tradition by the presentation brothers curriculum and by the contents of the moroneys library and his english teacher mr mannions private shelves. Project muse mission project muse promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries publishers and scholars worldwide. In this book stanley van der ziel examines how john mcgaherns imagination was informed by his extensive reading of and thinking about classic literature. Every writer john mcgahern knew is also a reader when during the last two decades of his life he began to construct a version of his younger self in a series of talks and essays and eventually in memoir he stressed again and again the relationship between reading and writing
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