The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution

The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution

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The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution by Frank O'Connor

Re-issued with an introduction by Neil Jordan, 'The Big Fellow' is the 1937 biography of the famed Irish leader Michael Collins by acclaimed author Frank O'Connor. It is an uncompromising but humane study of Collins, whose stature and genius O’Connor recognised. A masterly, evocative portrait of one of Ireland’s most charismatic figures, 'The Big Fellow' covers the period of Collins' life from the Easter Rising in 1916 to his death in 1922 during the Irish Civil War. The author, having served with the Anti-Treaty IRA during the Irish Civil War, wrote 'The Big Fellow' as a form of reparation over the guilt he felt with regards to taking up arms against his fellow Irishmen and Collins' untimely death. Liam Neeson has said that he found the book of great assistance when preparing for the role of Collins in the 1996 film directed by Neil Jordan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781175590
Publisher: Mercier Press, Limited, The
Publication date: 02/09/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,002,347
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Frank O'Connor (1903–66) grew up in Cork city and fought in the Irish War of Independence and in the Civil War on the anti-Treaty side. He was the author of 150 works and is best known for his short story collections and memoirs. He also worked as a teacher, lecturer and translator. The Frank O'Connor short story festival has been run in his home town since 2000. His story 'Guests of the Nation' was the inspiration for Neil Jordan's film 'The Crying Game'.

Table of Contents

PART ONE LILLIPUT IN LONDON 15(64)
I Lilliput in London
15(8)
II Up the Republic!
23(11)
III Jailbirds
34(4)
IV Rainbow Chasers
38(6)
V The First Round
44(15)
VI On the Run
59(10)
VII War
69(10)
PART TWO THE BODY AND THE LASH 79(76)
VIII Spies
79(16)
IX Enter the Black and Tans
95(17)
X Realists and Dreamers
112(7)
XI Bloody Sunday
119(9)
XII De Valera Returns
128(11)
XIII Truce
139(16)
PART THREE THE TRAGIC DILEMMA 155(61)
XIV Treaty
155(15)
XV A Rift in the Lute
170(4)
XVI The Great Talk
174(10)
XVII Alarms and Excursions
184(10)
XVIII Civil War
194(6)
XIX The Shadow Falls
200(8)
XX Apotheosis
208(8)
Index 216

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