I’ll Drop You a Line
Author: Ita Daly
Publication Date: May 2016
David Marcus’s unerring eye for a good short story launched the careers of innumerable Irish fiction writers, including Neil Jordan, Dermot Bolger, Deirdre Madden, Clare Keegan and Ireland’s current laureate for fiction, Anne Enright.
Marcus (1924-2009) a Cork-born Jew, was a novelist and short story writer as well as an anthologist and editor. He established the weekly New Irish Writing pages in the Irish Press in 1969 and was the newspaper’s literary editor for many years. Through New Irish Writing he made an incalulable contribution to Irish literary life.
David Marcus was a late but fervent convert to marriage, a ‘mixed marriage’ to the writer Ita Daly. I’ll Drop You a Line, his habitual closing words in conversation with his authors, is Ita Daly’s story of David and her life with him, his final years of illness and the grief of his death. David and Ita have one daughter, Sarah.