Friday 5: Top 5 Tales o’ the Irish

When Irish eyes are smiling, big whoop – but when Irish pens are moving, that’s when you know you’re in for a treat. In honor of the upcoming holiday, this Friday 5 is devoted to my favorite works by Irish writers.

You’ll see some of my picks are obvious, some are quirky, and some have a lot to do with the fact that I would really like to own a hedgehog. And all mammal cuteness aside, every one of my picks is debatable so please chime in with your thoughts. Here goes…

Top Five o’ the Irish

1. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

2. The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

3. “The Second Coming,” W.B. Yeats

4. “Hedgehog,” Paul Muldoon

5. The Sea, John Banville

By the by, here’s an extra rainbow to chase: name your top Irish-American writers/poets. Contenders include Kate Chopin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Billy Collins, Jay McInerney, Flannery O’Connor, Kay Ryan, Anne Rice and more. The list goes on and on, and that’s even before the malarkey sets in (or the green beer, for that matter). Happy St. Patrick’s Day all – Erin Go Brag.