The Emperor of Ice-Cream (novel)

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The Emperor of Ice-Cream
First edition
Author Brian Moore
Country United States
Language English
Publisher McClelland and Stewart (Canada)
Viking Press (US)
Andre Deutsch (UK)
Publication date
Pages 250
OCLC 368948
Preceded by An Answer from Limbo (1962)
Followed by I Am Mary Dunne (1968)

The Emperor of Ice-Cream is a 1965 coming-of-age novel[1] by Irish-Canadian writer Brian Moore. Set in Belfast during the Second World War, the book tells the story of 17-year-old Gavin Burke, from a Nationalist Catholic family, who joins the Air Raid Precautions (ARP) over his father's objections.[1] Based in part on Moore's own wartime experiences,[2] he described it as the most autobiographical of his novels.[3] Its title is taken from Wallace Stevens' poem "The Emperor of Ice-Cream".


  1. ^ a b Hicks, Patrick (July–December 1999). "History and Masculinity in Brian Moore's 'The Emperor of Ice-Cream'". The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. 25 (1/2): 400–413. 
  2. ^ O'Donoghue, Jo (1991). Brian Moore: A Critical Study. Montreal and Kingston: McGill University Press. pp. xii. ISBN 0-7735-0850-3. 
  3. ^ Craig, Patricia (2002). Brian Moore: A Biography. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 74. ISBN 0 7475 6844 8.