Ireland's Minstrel: A Life of Tom Moore: Poet, Patriot and Byron's Friend

Ireland's Minstrel: A Life of Tom Moore: Poet, Patriot and Byron's Friend

by Linda Kelly

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Ireland's Minstrel: A Life of Tom Moore: Poet, Patriot and Byron's Friend by Linda Kelly

"He will live in his Irish Melodies, they will go down to posterity with the music; both will last as long as Ireland, or as music and poetry."—Lord Byron

A magnificent evocation of the life and times of a great Irish writer - romantic poet, passionate patriot and pioneering biographer. Tom Moore was a student at Trinity College, Dublin, during the doomed Irish rising of 1798 and this experience infused his sense of identity as an Irish Catholic throughout his life. In this vivid and sensitive biography, Kelly shows how a sense of purpose underpinned his charming and apparently light-hearted character and, at a dark time in its history, made him one of Ireland's most eloquent and persuasive advocates. Drawing extensively on previously unpublished journals, Ireland's Minstrel brilliantly captures the charm of Whig society and fully explores for the first time Moore's relationship with his closest friend, Lord Byron, from its origins in an abandoned duel to his ground-breaking biography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845112523
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 05/15/2007
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.35(w) x 9.47(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Linda Kelly's previous books include The Young Romantics, Women of the French Revolution and Richard Brinsley Sheridan. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Trustee of the Wordsworth Trust. Her husband is the writer Laurence Kelly; they live in London and spend some time each year in Ireland, where they have a cottage on the Wexford coast.

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