The Misfit Soldier: Edward Casey's War Story, 1914-1932

The Misfit Soldier: Edward Casey's War Story, 1914-1932


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The Misfit Soldier: Edward Casey's War Story, 1914-1932 by Joanna Bourke, David Fitzpatrick

Edward Casey, an underfed, under-sized and semi-literate Irish Cockney from Canning Town, was no war hero. Even so, his account of four years of war service with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers is a remarkable chronicle, revealing his personal and sexual insecurities, his remarkable experience of Irish unrest during periods of training and leave, and his excitement as a military tourist in France, Salonica and Malta.

The memoir was written in 1980, six decades after his departure for New Zealand, yet retains a strong Cockney flavor. The editor has selected the chapters with the greatest interest for Irish readers, placing Casey's story in the broader context of the Great War and its sometimes devastating psychological consequences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781859181881
Publisher: Cork University Press
Publication date: 05/31/1999
Series: Irish Narrative Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: (w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Joanna Bourke teaches history at Birkbeck College, London. Her books include "Dismembering the Male: Men's Bodies, Britian and the Great War" (1996).

David Fitzpatrick is Associate Professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin. His books include "Oceans of Consolation: Personal Accounts of Migration to Australia" and "Politics and Irish Life, 1913-1921: Provincial Experience of War and Revolution". He is also the series editor for Irish Narratives, all published by Cork University Press.

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