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Dennis Kennedy

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Dennis Campbell Kennedy is a writer on Irish and European affairs. Currently based in Belfast, he has worked

as a journalist in both parts of Ireland, and in the United States and Africa. From 1985-1991, he was Head of the

European Commission Office in Northern Ireland, and later lecturer in European Studies in Queen's University


Born in Lisburn, Co.Antrim, he was educated at Wallace High School Lisburn, Queen's University, Belfast, and

Trinity College Dublin. He graduated in Modern History from Queen's in 1958, and received a PhD from Dublin

University (Trinity College) in 1985.

The Brook Kerith

"Possibly the Greatest Prose Book in the English Tongue”

Paper by Dennis Kennedy to the Belfast Literary Society

George Moore’s The Brook Kerith

(Monday October 3, 2011)

In the first decades of the 20th century George Moore was among the most renowned and successful authors in these islands. In 1916 he published The Brook Kerith, praised by some as ‘possibly the greatest prose book in the English tongue’ and denounced by one journal as quite the most disgraceful thing ever offered for review. In it Moore retells the story of Jesus, but with a different ending. Jesus recovers in the tomb after the crucifixion, and is hidden and nursed back to health by Joseph of Aramathea. This paper outlines the plot and sets the book in the context of Moore’s other works, suggesting reasons why such a masterpiece has been and still is largely neglected.

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