Patrick Kavanagh & The Leader: The Poet, The Taoiseach and the Libel Trail

Patrick Kavanagh & The Leader: The Poet, The Taoiseach and the Libel Trail

by Pat Walsh
     
 

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One of the most traumatic episodes in the poet Patrick Kavanagh's life was played out in public over two weeks in February 1954. By suing The Leader magazine for defamation, Kavanagh initiated a sensational courtroom showdown with John A. Costello, noted barrister and twice Taoiseach of Ireland.

The country was electrified as Costello's masterful, relentless

Overview

One of the most traumatic episodes in the poet Patrick Kavanagh's life was played out in public over two weeks in February 1954. By suing The Leader magazine for defamation, Kavanagh initiated a sensational courtroom showdown with John A. Costello, noted barrister and twice Taoiseach of Ireland.

The country was electrified as Costello's masterful, relentless cross-examination dissected Kavanagh's public and private life, and revealed the tensions within Dublin's literary circle in the 1950s.

When Kavanagh took the case against The leader he could not have anticipated either the furore it would cause, or that the strain of the trial would shatter his considerable confidence and damage his health.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781856356640
Publisher:
Mercier Press, Limited, The
Publication date:
06/20/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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