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Idea of a Nation

Arthur Clery, a college contemporary and debating opponent of James Joyce, is an unusual figure in Irish history: a supporter of the anti-Treaty cause yet an advocate of the partition of Ireland. He was an outspoken supporter of women’s suffrage and opponent of corporal punishment in schools. For 30 years he commented on Irish life in the "Leader", and some of his most engaging and shrewd pieces were reprinted in "The Idea of a Nation" in 1907. For this edition they are supplemented by other pieces, including the first statement of Clery’s partitionist views, an early review of James Joyce’s "Chamber Music", and the ageing and embittered Clery’s final thoughts on the Abbey Theatre.

128 pages


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Table of Contents

On tram-car’s top nationhood and politics the theory of nationhood looking beyond England after the Abbey is over art and nationality the revival of the English language the commercial value of patriotism going to Trinity nationality and music nationality and culture Gaelicophile poetry and two new poets nationality and amusements the philosophy of an Irish theatre silly people and the Irish movement a tea-shop idyll respectability and nationality of sourness the island of protestants the partition of Ulster free Ulster and federated Ireland cosmopolitanism and nationality. other writings by Arthur Clery - joy of gold and of silver Pearse and Pontius outlanders of Ulster Armagh Virumque Corkery’s Synge dog-collars and conventions.

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