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Patrick Pearse: The Triumph of Failure

Patrick Pearse: The Triumph of Failure

Ruth Dudley Edwards

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In this re-issued major biography, first published in 1979 but long out of print, Ruth Dudley Edwards has placed Patrick Pearse in his historical, political and cultural context

There has always been argument about whether Pearse’s leadership of the Easter Rising in 1916 represented a failure or a triumph. Pearse, who found himself on Easter Monday proclaimed President of the Provisional Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the Republic, took on himself the most bitter of roles at the finish: he was the first to make the move to surrender – and he was the first to be executed.

In this re-issued major biography, first published in 1979 but long out of print, Ruth Dudley Edwards has placed Patrick Pearse in his historical, political and cultural context: she discusses his involvement with the Gaelic League, his role as a military leader in the nationalist movement and his claims as a socialist.

Her account of his life does full justice to the story, recording its irony, absurdity and courage. This book will do much to arouse fresh interest in Patrick Pearse; it is sympathetic, balanced, meticulously researched, and above all highly readable.

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Author Ruth Dudley Edwards
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 7 Jul 2006
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9780716528340

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