Vivid Faces The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland 1890-1923

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Publisher's Synopsis

OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2015

TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR and OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014

WINNER OF THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION'S MORRIS D. FORKOSCH PRIZE 2016

'The most complete and plausible exploration of the roots of the 1916 Rebellion... essential reading' Colm Tóibìn

Vivid Faces surveys the lives and beliefs of the people who made the Irish Revolution: linked together by youth, radicalism, subversive activities, enthusiasm and love. Determined to reconstruct the world and defining themselves against their parents, they were in several senses a revolutionary generation.

The Ireland that eventually emerged bore little relation to the brave new world they had conjured up in student societies, agit-prop theatre groups, vegetarian restaurants, feminist collectives, volunteer militias, Irish-language summer schools, and radical newspaper offices. Roy Foster's book investigates that world, and the extraordinary people who occupied it.

Looking back from old age, one of the most magnetic members of the revolutionary generation reflected that 'the phoenix of our youth has fluttered to earth a miserable old hen', but he also wondered 'how many people nowadays get so much fun as we did'. Working from a rich trawl of contemporary diaries, letters and reflections, Vivid Faces re-creates the argumentative, exciting, subversive and original lives of people who made a revolution, as well as the disillusionment in which it ended.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241954249
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 941.508210922
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xxiii, 463 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 364g
Height: 130mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 24mm