Vivian Mercier was born in Clara, County Offaly, Ireland. He was educated at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen and at Trinity College Dublin, where he was a Scholar. After taking his doctorate at Trinity, he taught in American universities from the 1940s to the 1980s; his last post was Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Vivian Mercier was one of the foremost scholars and critics of Anglo-Irish literature, particularly the work of Samuel Beckett. He also wrote on the French nouveau roman. His last
posthumous work, edited by his widow, was a major historical reappraisal of modern Irish literary history.
This page links to some appreciations of Vivian Mercier's contribution to scholarship, information on four of his academic books, and some other sites of literary and cultural interest.
The Irish Comic Tradition
A Reader's Guide to the New Novel
Modern Irish Literature: Sources and Founders
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