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This chapter explores the complexity of Irish American identities by focusing on the life and writings of the notorious Fenian and poet, John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890) who was editor of the largest circulating Catholic newspaper in nineteenth century America, The Pilot. Using the ambiguous epitaph on his public monument in Boston Mass., it deconstructs his status as an eloquent ambassador for the republic, as a public orator, a poet and a journalist, in an attempt to reconcile his commitment to the Irish cause with insistence that his compatriots envision their future as American citizens. It engages with questions of national identity, history and memory.
Author(s): Allen J
Editor(s): Hanson, I., Rhoden, W.J., Snyder, E.E.
Series Editor(s): Bullen, J.B., Armstrong, I.
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Poetry, Politics and Pictures: Culture and Identity in Europe, 1840-1914
Series Title: Writing and Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century
Publisher: Peter Lang
Place Published: Oxford
Notes: ISSN: 2235-2287
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