A Writer's Ireland

byWilliam Trevor. Viking, $25.00. Ireland has produced such a large number of writers that one rather wonders how people passed the time there before they discovered the Roman alphabet. Since that discovery, authors have proliferated so widely that Mr. Trevor has been able to create what amounts to a guidebook of the whole island simply by discussing the areas where writers lived or about which they wrote—and the Irish have shown an exceptional enthusiasm for writing about their country. Mr. Trevor is generous with quotations and courteously restrained on the thorny subject of politics. His handsomely illustrated book is an attractive, informal history of Irish literary achievement in both Gaelic and English.