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The '98 Reader: An anthology of song, prose and poetry

The '98 Reader: An anthology of song, prose and poetry

Padraic O'Farrell

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Here are the legendary ballads and verse accounts of the 1798 rebellion. ’A remarkable and most moving and informative anthology.’ - Benedict Kiely.

Seventeen ninety-eight saw French and American revolutionary ideals converge with popular rebellion in Ireland.

The rebellion ended in bloody failure, but 1798 was kept alive in folk memory by a nascent literature added to by succeeding generations of nationalists and cultural revivalists. This wide-ranging gathering of prose, poetry and song mirrors both sides of that conflict, orange and green, imperial and republican, from the early idealism of the 1782 Dungannon Convention to the final snuffing out of resistance in Wicklow in 1803.

Familiar and little known ballads, ranging from those by anonymous balladeers to works by John Keegan Casey, P.J. McCall, Thomas Moore, Thomas Davis, Alice Milligan, William Drennan, William Rooney and Ethna Carbery are all included. These are supplemented by prose accounts by Theobald Wolfe Tone, Charles Teeling, Robert Emmet, Jonah Barrington and Maria Edgeworth, and folk narratives from the archive of the Irish Folklore Department at UCD.

The 98' Reader is a delightful companion, recording and celebrating a pivotal moment in Ireland's history.

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Author Padraic O'Farrell
Publisher Lilliput Press
Publication date 1 Jan 1998
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781901866032

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