09 May 2009: The Arts Council expresses its regret on the passing of David Marcus

The Arts Council has expressed its regret on the passing of writer and editor, David Marcus. Speaking today, Arts Council Director Mary Cloake said: ‘David Marcus made an extraordinary contribution to Irish literature and devoted his lifetime to writers and writing. An editor, writer and translator, Marcus held a unique and unparalleled role in Irish literary life.’

She continued: ‘As editor of over thirty anthologies of Irish short
stories and poetry, as author of several powerful original works of fiction and as a devoted mentor to generations of Irish writers, his commitment to the artform was profound and will continue to resonate for decades to come.’

Marcus edited the hugely influential New Irish Writing (from the Irish
Press) from the years 1968 to 1998, publishing writers including Dermot Bolger, John McGahern, William Wall, Anne Enright, Claire Keegan, Bernard McLaverty, Joseph O'Connor and Colm Tóibín.

The Arts Council wishes to extend its condolences to Marcus’s family and friends, and particularly to his wife, Ita Daly, writer and member of Aosdána.

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