The Life and Writings of James Owen Hannay ( George A. Birmingham), 1865-1950

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This first biography of Hannay uses original sources, family papers, and the Hannay archive at Trinity College, Dublin, to show a more complex figure than merely a novel-writing clergyman. His involvement in Irish politics and in particular with Douglas Hyde's Gaelic League, the contemporary scandals involving his early novels and the productions of his successful play General John Regan, and his masterly use of comedy to point up the ironies of Irish history are documented. The book contains thirty-one illustrations and a complete bibliography of all Hannay's fictional, journalistic, and theological writing.

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