The Life Story of an Old Rebel

Author: John Denvir
Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 73,331 / 223 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 274
Added to site: 2005.08.21
mnybks.net#: 11134
Genre: Biography
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etort that "the fount from which he drew his patriotism was a more genuine source than a fount of Irish type"--alluding to the plentiful use of the Gaelic characters in "The Spirit of the Nation," the world-famed collection of songs by the Young Ireland contributors to the "Nation" newspaper. There are passages in Lover's novel of "Rory O'More" and his "He Would be a Gentleman" that show he was a sincere lover of his country. I agree in the main with what the "Nation" said of him in 1843--"Though he often fell into ludicrous exaggerations and burlesques in describing Irish life, there is a good national spirit running through the majority of his works, for which he has not received due credit."

One of his stories, "Rory O'More," achieved universal popularity also as a play, a song and an air. In it there is a passage which, when I first read it, I looked upon as an exaggeration, and as somewhat reflecting upon the dignity of a great national movement like that of the United Irishmen. Lover brings

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