Wolfe Tone : prophet of Irish independence /
Marianne Elliott.
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, 1989.
x, 492 p., [33] p. of plates : ill., facsims., map, ports. ; 24 cm.
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New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, 1989.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [477]-486) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-09:
Theobald Wolfe Tone (1763-1798), one of the major figures in the forging of Irish republican nationalism, has for the first time received a thorough biography by the talented scholar, Marianne Elliott (University of Manchester). Heretofore more the subject of legend makers, Tone's dramatic career emphasized his revolutionary side more than his desire to unite all sectors, religious and political, into a nationally cohesive body. Though he was instrumental in awakening Catholic sentiment for independence, his strength was derived from his Northern Ireland Protestant homeland, and he personally adhered to no religion. No firebrand, Tone is portrayed as an ideologist who fell into revolution more through circumstance than conviction. Most important, Tone himself now comes alive in Elliott's completely researched pages and in her meticulous reconstruction of Tone's exciting world and its rush of events. Superb notes, bibliography, and index, plus a revealing closing essay on the tortuous building of the "cult of Tone" that followed his death. College, university, and public libraries. -G. M. Straka, University of Delaware
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This book is the definitive scholarly biography. A major contribution to Irish which will have important public influence in challenging many of the simplistic public notions of Wolfe Tone.

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