Roddy Doyle

(2852 words)
  • Ellen McWilliams (University of Exeter)

The writing of Roddy Doyle marks the beginning of a new and vital chapter in recent Irish literature. Doyle was born in Kilbarrack in Dublin in 1958 and trained and worked as a secondary school teacher in a nearby school from 1980 until the early 90s. He first came to notice with a popular comedy, Brownbread (1987), produced initially on a small inner-city stage, before transferring to one of the city's major commercial theatres. Roddy Doyle subsequently set up his own publishing company with a group of friends to publish his first novel, The Commitments (1987), a work that received major critical acclaim and whose initial popularity was further increased by Alan Parker's successful film adaptation of the novel. The …

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McWilliams, Ellen. "Roddy Doyle". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2007
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