Life and times
Other notable projects included the page New Irish Writing for the Irish Press, which provided a forum for aspiring Irish authors, publishing most of the most important names in Irish fiction, many for the first time, including Dermot Bolger, Ita Daly, Anne Enright, Neil Jordan, Claire Keegan, John McGahern, Michael Feeney Callan, Bernard MacLaverty, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Joseph O'Connor, Colm Tóibín and William Wall. He was, in the words of Fintan O'Toole "the single most important literary editor in Ireland in the second half of the 20th century". His 1986 novel, A Land Not Theirs, a fictionalized account of the experiences of the Cork Jewish community during the Irish War of Independence was a bestseller. In 1986, his second novel, which drew on his experiences among the Cork Jewish community, A Land in Flames was also a popular success.
In 2001, Marcus published Oughtobiography – Leaves from the diary of a hyphenated Jew, an autobiographical review of his life as an Irish Jew and as a figure in the field of Irish literature.
- Marcus, David (1998). Phoenix Irish Short Stories 1998. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 1-86159-130-6.
- Marcus, David (2003). Phoenix Irish Short Stories 2003. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson. p. 213. ISBN 0-7538-1717-9.
- "Editor and writer who dedicated his life to promoting Irish literature". The Irish Times. 2009-05-05.
- Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2009/0516/1224246669128.html
- Kearney, Prof. Colbert (2005-06-03). "Conferring of the Degree of Doctor of Literature honoris causa". NUI. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
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