From the Earth, a Cry: The Story of John Boyle O'Reilly (Paperback)Ian Kenneally (author)
Paperback Published: 10/08/2011
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John Boyle O'Reilly (1844 - 1890) is one of Ireland's most remarkable historical figures: a man who was, during his lifetime, an internationally renowned journalist, writer and humanitarian. Born in Meath, O'Reilly later worked in England before joining the British army. Ostensibly a proud soldier, O'Reilly lived a double life as a recruiter for the revolutionary Fenian Brotherhood. He was discovered and convicted, serving time in a succession of prisons from Mountjoy to Dartmoor. He was eventually transported to Western Australia from where he made a spectacular escape to the United States. It was in the US, during a time of intense economic and social turmoil, where O'Reilly's brilliance flourished. As editor of The Pilot, a Boston newspaper, he became a powerful advocate of the rights of workers and African Americans. He retained a strong commitment to Ireland and was an important part of the Land League and Home Rule movements, working closely with Michael Davitt and Charles Stewart Parnell. A good friend of John Devoy, O'Reilly was a key participant in the famed Catalpa rescue. A complex and charismatic personality, O'Reilly's popularity transcended race, religion and nationality. Among his friends and contemporaries he could count figures as diverse as Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Oscar Wilde and Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa. Based on research in Ireland, Australia and the United States, From The Earth, A Cry is a compelling account of an extraordinary life.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Weight: 512 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 30 mm
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