A Traveller's Companion to Dublin

A Traveller's Companion to Dublin

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Diverse views of Dublin, its glories, tragedy and comedyA Traveller's Companion to Dublin splendidly brings to life Dublin's turbulent history, its intensely literary and theatrical character of long literary lineage from Jonathan Swift, through Yeats, Joyce, and Brendan Behan, its revolutionary ideals and heroes, such as Gratton, Parnell, and O'Connell, and its ordinary life, at once elegant and excitingly violent in this collection of letters, diaries, and memoirs of travellers to the city and by the Dubliners themselves. The extracts, from medieval times onward, including Red Hugh O'Donnell's escape from Dublin Castle, James Joyce's plans for a novel while staying at the Martello Tower, and the seizure of the GPO by Irish Volunteers during the Easter Rising, are just some of the eyewitness accounts of history in the making. Here too is gossip and storytelling at its humorous best in sketches of many famous Dubliners. There are also outsiders' views of the city, its buildings, and its people, equally rich in their humor and variety: from the complaints of a disgruntled Elizabethan soldier about the price of Dublin ale to the first impressions of Benjamin Franklin, Thackeray, and Queen Victoria. This entertaining and informative Traveller's Companion also includes maps, engravings, and notes on history, art and architecture, and everyday city life.
Publisher: New York : Interlink Books, 2003
ISBN: 9781566564915
Branch Call Number: 914 .1835 TRA
Characteristics: xxxiii, 318 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., map, ports. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Pakenham, Thomas 1933-
Pakenham, Valerie


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