Cooper's Irish Dialect

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Full Title: Cooper's Irish Dialect Readings and Recitations

Compiler and Arranger: George Cooper

Published: New York, 1891

Description: This book is a bit of a mystery. While it appears to be cloaked in Irish Pride with its compilation of short stories and poetry, it ultimately upholds the stereotypes of the Irish held in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Context is key for Cooper, and given that its author does not appear to be Irish himself, this is likely less a collection of heritage for contemporary Irish-Americans but a joke book not targeted at them at all. The language is rich and pleasant to read, but the underlying meaning is much more complicated.