Bruce Arnold (author)

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For the American composer, see Bruce Arnold.

Bruce Arnold (born 6 September 1936 in London) is an English journalist and author who has lived in Ireland since 1957.[1] His main expertise is in the fields of literary criticism and art criticism.[2]

In 1983 it emerged that that his telephone had been bugged by Charles Haughey in the Irish phone tapping scandal. He and the other bugged journalists were considered to have "anti-national" views.

Early life[edit]

Arnold was educated at Kingham Hill School and at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied modern languages.

Journalism[edit]

Arnold has worked for the main Irish newspapers based in Dublin - The Irish Times from 1965; The Irish Press and the Sunday Independent. He also acted as Dublin correspondent of The Guardian. He has edited Hibernia and the Dublin Magazine (1962–68; formerly The Dubliner).

Partial bibliography[edit]

(Fiction)

  • A Singer at the Wedding (London: Hamish Hamilton 1978; rep. Abacus 1991);
  • The Song of the Nightingale (London: Hamish Hamilton 1980; rep. Abacus 1991);
  • The Muted Swan (London: Hamish Hamilton 1981; rep. Abacus 1991);
  • Running to Paradise (London: Hamish Hamilton 1983; rep. Abacus 1991).

(Non-fiction)

  • A Concise History of Irish Art (London: Thames & Hudson 1969), another edn. (New York: Praeger 1968), 215pp;
  • Orpen: Mirror to an Age ed. (London: Jonathan Cape 1981);
  • What Kind of Country? (London: Jonathan Cape 1984);
  • Margaret Thatcher: A Study in Power (London: Hamish Hamilton 1984);
  • An Art Atlas of Britain and Ireland (London: Penguin/Viking, 1991);
  • William Orpen (Dublin: Town House 1991);
  • The Scandal of Ulysses (London: Sinclair Stevenson 1991; New York: St. Martin’s Press 1992; Dublin: Liffey 2005);
  • Mainie Jellett and the Modern Movement in Ireland (London: Yale UP 1991; New York: Yale UP 1992), 216pp;
  • Haughey: His Life and Unlucky Deeds (London: HarperCollins 1993; pub. 1994);
  • Swift: An Illustrated Life (Dublin: Lilliput, 1999)
  • The Spire and Other Essays on Modern Irish Culture (foreword by Charles Lysaght) (Dublin: Liffey Press 2003), 280pp.
  • He That Is Down Need Fear No Fall (Publisher: Ashfield Press, 2008, 256 pages)

Quasi-autobiographical based on a selection of his father's letters. Free download from http://www.brucearnold.ie/pages/books/he-that-is-down.html

Film[edit]

  • The Scandal of Ulysses; Images of Joyce
  • To Make it Live: Mainie Jellett 1897-1944

Libretto[edit]

  • A Passionate Man

Awards[edit]

He is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an honorary member of the Royal Hibernian Academy. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by University College Dublin (UCD) and an OBE.

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