Patrick Pearse, Prof. Ruth Edwards
This brilliant biography of Patrick Pearse by Prof. Ruth Dudley Edwards is accepted as the best book on the 1916 leader ever written. It is a riveting read, providing a fascinating reconstruction of the life and times of Pearse and his comrades – and the dramatic events which they began and which played such an important part in shaping recent Irish history.
There has always been argument about whether Pearse’s leadership of the Easter Rising in 1916 represented a failure or a triumph. Pearse, who on Easter Monday was proclaimed President of the Provisional Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the Irish 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 sympathetic, balanced, and meticulously researched biography, Ruth Dudley Edwards places this remarkable man in his historical, political and cultural context. She tells the story of his glorious but never quite successful ventures, including his struggles to save the Irish language and inspire a new epoch in Irish literature, and the foundation of his radical schools. She examines his role as an educational, political and social thinker as well as propagandist and military leader, and in her account of his extraordinary life, does full justice to its intrinsic irony, absurdity, idealism and courage.
Condition: Very Good. A book that has been read but is in excellent condition. The book cover has no visible wear. No highlighting of text, no writing in the margins, and no missing pages.
Author: Ruth Dudley