Words of the Dead Chief

Being Extracts from the Public Speeches and OtherPronouncements of Charles Stewart Parnell from the Beginning to the Close of His Memorable Life

Charles Stewart Parnell

Words of the Dead Chief

Charles Stewart Parnell

Distributed for University College Dublin Press

210 pages
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781906359423 Published July 2009 For sale in North America only
"Words of a Dead Chief" is an important text from a critical period in Irish nationalist politics. Published in 1892, shortly after Charles Stewart Parnell’s death, it is a collection of extracts from his speeches, including all of the best-known ones. There is an unmistakeable political even propagandist dimension to the publication. It was written for a nationalist audience and particularly for followers of Parnell. Wyse-Power explains in her preface that the purpose of her ’humble memento’ was to keep the principles which Parnell enunciated before the minds of Irish Nationalists ’for whom there should be a rule of political faith and conduct’. She aimed to select such passages as were most characteristic of Parnell, of most vital importance for nationalists to study, remember and take for guidance. This edition includes the original introduction by C. S. Parnell’s sister Anna. The book was an immediate bestseller. It was easily accessible to a general audience and proved highly influential, but it went quickly out of print.
Contents
Editors’ Introduction by Donal McCartney and Pauric Travers WORDS OF THE DEAD CHIEF - Introduction by Anna Parnell Part I - The Early Struggles - the Land League Part II - From Prison to Victory Part III - Betrayed!
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