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The Wee Wild One
Stories of Belfast and Beyond
Ruth Schwertfeger

Irish Studies in Literature and Culture
Michael Patrick Gillespie, Series Editor

"Fascinating, different, and illuminating."
—Eamonn Wall, author of From the Sin-é Café to the Black Hills

Born in Ballycoan, Northern Ireland, Ruth C. Schwertfeger
represents history and memory in an impressionistic memoir of her childhood on a farm and attending a girls' school in Belfast. Through the author's girlhood and discovery of her own national and religious identity, this humorous memoir is shaped significantly by images of Schwertfeger's father— "the Wee Wild One"—who spent his childhood on the same farm in Ballycoan.

Schwertfeger's voice reflects a shared and persistent desire to return to one's roots. She also explores many facets of social life in Northern Ireland that are often hidden behind the stereotypes of history and public rhetoric.

Ruth Schwertfeger is professor of German at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is the author of Else Lasker-Schuler: Inside This Deathly Solitude and Women of Theresienstadt: Voices from a Concentration Camp. Schwertfeger was born in Ballycoan, Northern Ireland.

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April 2004
LC: 2003020578 DA
122 pp. 5 x 8 1/2

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ISBN 978-0-299-19880-0
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