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    ... From: Robinson, Charles Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2008 9:57 AM Subject: BYRON New biography of Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852) The Byron Society of America will
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      From: Robinson, Charles
      Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2008 9:57 AM
      Subject: BYRON New biography of Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)


      The Byron Society of America will arrange some listing of this book once it is published in the USA-

      Charles E. Robinson

      University of Delaware

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      New Biography of Thomas Moore (1779-1852) published by Penguin Ireland


      'Bard of Erin: the Life of Thomas Moore' by Ronan Kelly (hardback, 624 pages, 12 pages of colour images)

      From the publisher:

      Colm Toibin has called Thomas Moore 'the most influential figure in shaping the Irish political psyche'. Through his Irish Melodies, Moore created an iconography of silenced harps, misty landscapes and round towers that lives on today, more than a century and a half after his death. But Moore was not just a maker of Irish myths. He spent most of his adult years in England, where he was admired - and beloved - as a writer in a dazzling range of genres and registers, and moved in the highest social, political and literary circles. In Bard of Erin, Ronan Kelly tells the story of Moore's extraordinary life. From humble beginnings in Dublin (the son of a Catholic grocer) to glittering success in London (at one point his popularity was eclipsed only by that of Sir Walter Scott and his close friend Lord Byron), Moore lived in the glow of fame and under the burden of national expectation. Ronan Kelly's biography is a gripping and definitive account of a great romantic figure.

      From the reviews:

      Roy Foster, Yeats biographer, in the (London) Times: 'a vividly absorbing picture of cross-cultural traffic across the Irish Sea... Everything in this eloquent and intelligent life shows that Moore's achievement decisively transcended the 'poetical'... The bitchy Leigh Hunt's supposed quotation from Byron himself, that 'Tommy dearly loved a Lord', should be discounted. They certainly loved each other; the friendship begun, in classical style, with a challenge to a duel ended only in Byron's death. Moore - then living outside Britain under duress of debt - had visited him in Venice and was given the manuscript of Byron's legendary memoirs, a damnosa hereditas if ever there was one. The afterlife of this incendiary material, smouldering away in London after Byron's premature death... is treated as dramatically as it deserves'

      John Montague, in the Irish Times: 'really definitive... the portrait of the ageing Moore (...) is heartrending'

      Brian Caraher (Queen's University, Belfast) in the Sunday Business Post: 'This new biography of Thomas Moore delights in the reading. Ronan Kelly has done his groundwork well - including mining unpublished letters spread about libraries in Ireland, Britain and the US, as well as old editions of memoirs and journals, and recent scholarly studies of Moore'

      Linda Kelly, author of Ireland's Minstrel, in the Irish Daily Mail: 'scholarly and comprehensive... [yet] Kelly makes it clear what fun Moore was'

      Availability:

      Bard of Erin is available from all good bookshops in Britain and Ireland. It can be purchased direct from Penguin (www.penguin.co.uk) or from usual retailers (such as amazon.co.uk). It is not yet published in the US, but Penguin (UK) and Amazon (UK) both ship worldwide. The Amazon site is:

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bard-Erin-Life-Thomas-Moore/dp/1844881431/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211379334&sr=1-1

      About the author:

      Ronan Kelly was born in Dublin in 1974. Bard of Erin is his first book. He holds a doctorate from Trinity College, Dublin, is a former Fulbright scholar, and is a past recipient of a Carl H. Pforzheimer Award from the Keats-Shelley Association of America.




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