Memoirs of Captain Rock, by THOMAS MOORE, edited and introduced by Emer Nolan

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Memoirs of Captain Rock, by THOMAS MOORE, edited and introduced by Emer Nolan

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Memoirs of Captain Rock is published by Field Day in association with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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LXIII + 328 PAGES

ISBN 978-0-946755-36-3 HBK

ISBN 978-0-946755-37-0 PBK

Thomas Moore (1779–1852) was Ireland’s ‘national poet’ in the century before Yeats. His Irish Melodies (1808– 34), composed and performed for an English audience, ‘to sweeten Ireland’s wrong’ secured him worldwide fame.

But Memoirs of Captain Rock (1824) was a sudden and brilliant variation on ‘the-smile-and-the-tear’ rhetoric of the Melodies. Its attribution of Irish violence to the British state’s support for a rapacious Protestant minority and its savage military and legal repression of a Catholic majority inverted Tory platitudes and helped to make the brutal realities of Irish life a subject of serious public debate. Six editions were printed in London in 1824 alone; other editions appeared in Paris, Berlin, New York and Philadelphia. This annotated edition is the first to be published in Ireland.

Selected for Special Mention at the Top Applications Award for printed books by Fedrigoni Group of Verona, Italy, December 2008. Jurors comments: ‘Memoirs of Captain Rock is a classic work re-published in the original language with a typical, traditional publishing structure emphasised by elegant page layout and research into typographical details—such as the notes, page numbering and red block initial lettering to guide and facilitate readers.’

 

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2 reviews for Memoirs of Captain Rock, by THOMAS MOORE, edited and introduced by Emer Nolan

  1. ‘Thomas Moore’s Memoirs of Captain Rock gives Irish rebellion one of its most memorable representations
    in fiction. Its blend of literary and historical elements secured it a place among the innovatory hybrid works of the Romantic age such as the national tale and the historical novel. This eye- opening edition—enhanced by learned editing, a perspicuous introduction and shrewd notes—will win new readers for what was, in its time, a phenomenally successful publication’

    James Chandler, University of Chicago

  2. ‘… worthy and welcome … Nolan makes intelligent arguments in a fluent and refreshingly jargon-free style’

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