Irish Authors to Read on St. Patrick's Day

Reading works by Irish authors is a great way for both those with Irish ancestry and those simply interested in Irish culture to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The works by these three important Irish writers are in the public domain, which means you can find their work online for free. Between the three authors, you'll find plenty of poems, short stories, novels, and even plays to read on St. Patrick's Day either for your own enjoyment or as part of an educational or family celebration!

W. B. Yeats

William Butler Yeats became the first Irishman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923, which makes him a perfect author to read on a holiday celebrating Irish culture. You can read numerous poems by Yeats as well as a fairly detailed biography at The Poetry Foundation, or browse through complete books by Yeats (including works on Irish mythology and folk tales) at Project Gutenberg.



Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde is probably best known for his plays, but he also wrote poetry, short stories, and one novel. My personal favorite of Wilde's plays is the hilarious The Importance of Being Earnest--you can read it and Wilde's other works at Project Gutenberg.



George Bernard Shaw

Many people are familiar with George Bernard Shaw's work through My Fair Lady, the movie musical based on his play Pygmalion. Shaw wrote many other plays in addition to Pygmalion, which you can read at Project Gutenberg.