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James Liddy

Ireland & Wisconsin

James Liddy was born in 1934 in Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland and educated by Benedictine monks and at University College, Dublin, where he earned a master's degree in English. Liddy was called to the Bar in Ireland in the 1950s, having enrolled in the Kings Inns, Dublin. He appeared once before the Irish Supreme Court.

Liddy's first poetry was published in The Irish Times in 1959. Liddy's novel Young Men Go Walking was published by Wolfhound in 1986. A study of Liddy's life and work, by Brian Arkins, James Liddy: A Critical Study, was published in 2001 by Arlen House (Galway, Ireland). Liddy’s autobiography, The Doctor's House: An Autobiography, was published in 2004 by Salmon Publishing (County Clare, Ireland). A Festschrift for Liddy, Honeysuckle, Honeyjuice, edited by Mike Begnal, was published by Arlen House in 2006.

Liddy took up residence in Milwaukee in 1976 and was of Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he taught creative writing, and Irish and Beat literature. Liddy died on 5 November 2008 in Milwaukee.

James Liddy's Collected Poems

Irish Writers Online

Dublin Lad Draws Deeply From Literary Well

Tributes to Liddy

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

Irish Times

Woodlawn Pattern
a blog

B'Fhiú an Braon Fola
a blog


Selected Poems

Excerpts from The Doctor's House: An Autobiography
Legal Studies Forum -- vol. 30, 2006


James Liddy, Esau, My Kingdom for a Drink (The Dolmen Press, 1962)

__________, In a Blue Smoke (The Dolmen Press, 1964)

__________, Blue Mountain (The Dolmen Press, 1968)

__________, A Life of Stephan Dedalus (White Rabbit Press, 1969)

__________, A Munster Song of Love and War (White Rabbit Press,1971)

__________, Baudelaire's Bar Flowers (Capra Press, 1975)

__________, Corca Baiscinn (The Dolmen Press, 1977)

__________, Comyn's Lay (The Dolmen Press, 1978)

__________, Chamber Pot Music (Hit & Run Press,1982)

__________, At The Grave of Father Sweetman (1984)

__________, A White Thought in a White Shade (Kerr's Pinks, 1987)

__________, Art is Not for Grown-Ups (1990)

__________, In the Slovak Bowling Alley (The Blue Canary Press, 1990)

__________, Trees Warmer than Green: Notes Towards a Video of Avondale (The International University Press,1991)

__________, Collected Poems (Creighton University Press, 1995)

__________, Epitaphery (White Rabbit Press, 1998)

__________, Gold Set Dancing (Salmon Poetry, 2000)

__________, Yeats: New Ways of Falling in Love (White Rabbit Press, 2003)

__________, I Only Know That I Love Strength in My Friends and Greatness (Arlen House, 2003)

__________, On the Raft with Fr. Roseliep (Arlen House, 2006)


James Liddy, The Doctor's House: An Autobiography (County Clare, Ireland: Salmon Publishing, 2004)


James Liddy, Young Men Go Walking (Wolfhound, 1986)