Eric Cross (writer)

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Eric Cross

Eric Cross (1905 – 1980) was an Irish writer.

Born in Newry, County Down, he published The Tailor and Ansty,[1] in The Bell in 1942. This was a collection of stories and sayings from an old country tailor called Timothy Buckley and his wife Anastasia that Cross had recorded, with a foreword by Frank O'Connor.[2] The book was banned by Censorship Board a short time after, during the government of Éamon de Valera.[3] Some neighbours were furious and Buckley was forced by three priests to go on his knees and burn the book in his own fireplace.[2][4]

Cross was one of the contributors of spoken essays to the RTÉ Radio series Sunday Miscellany.[5] Silence is Golden, a selection of stories and essays by Eric Cross, appeared in 1978. He died in 1980.

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  1. ^ Cross, Eric (1964). The Tailor and Ansty. Chapman & Hall. ISBN 9780853420507.
  2. ^ a b Lovett, Gerard (2006). "Stitching Up the Tailor" (PDF). Siochain. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 October 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2006.
  3. ^ "Ireland: culture & religion". The Pursuit of Sovereignty & the Impact of Partition, 1912–1949. Archived from the original on 21 August 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2006.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 22 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Walsh, Ronnie, ed. (1975) Sunday Miscellany. Dublin: Radio Telefís Éireann ISBN 0-7171-0774-4; pp. 11-12, 20-21, 32-33, 65-66, 87-88, 102-03, 113-14, 129-30, 156-57