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Ireland's Welcome to the Stranger

Ireland's Welcome to the Stranger

Asenath Nicholson

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’Nicholson’s personality must have been as forceful as it was compassionate. Her experiences make for compelling reading. A rich and fascinating example of famine literature. Maureen Murphy has done a great service by making it more accessible to a contemporary audience.’ - Mary Donoghue McCain, New Hibernia Review

In May 1844, the American educator and reformer Asenath Nicholson set out from New York on a fifteen-month visit to Ireland, determined to 'investigate the condition of the Irish poor'.

Nicholson travelled on foot through much of the island, reading the Bible to the local people and sharing their hospitality. She describes a rural society that, despite great poverty, received the American visitor with generosity and kindness.

Nicholson's rich and lively account of her travels is a unique glimpse of Ireland before the Great Hunger of 1845-52.

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Author Asenath Nicholson
Publisher Lilliput Press
Publication date 1 Mar 2004
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781901866735

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