The Laurel and the Ivy by Robert Kee
The Story of Charles Stewart Parnell and Irish Nationalism

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A biography of Charles Stewart Parnell, who gave Irish nationalism its most effective political shape for centuries. He died aged 45, his career destroyed by the O'Shea divorce scandal. Kee here traces Parnell's early years in politics and stresses how his character affected his achievements.
 

About Robert Kee

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Kee is a freelance journalist and broadcaster, and has worked for many years in both radio and television.
 
Published September 1, 1994 by Hamish Hamilton. 672 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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This study of Irish leader Charles Stewart Parnell's impact on Irish nationalism and on the course of British politics traverses an already well-traveled road.

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Parnell (1846-1891) was born to an American mother and an Anglo-Irish Protestant landowner in County Wicklow during the potato famine.

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The Independent

That the political entente survived the politics of the last atrocity was essentially a victory for Parnell's and Gladstone's leadership and imagination.

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London Review of Books

Far from merely straggling in the wake of a very large field, Robert Kee and Frank Callanan restore freshness to the scent by showing how much can still be quarried from close attention to Parnell’s career, not least to the press, which not only made and unmade his reputation but, alongside Hansa...

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