The Big fellow

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Poolbeg Press, Dec 1, 1991 - Fiction - 222 pages
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Michael Collins & the Irish Revolution. 'A labour of love' was how O'Connor described his portrait of one of Ireland's most charismatic figures. On the opposite side of Collins in the Civil War, O'Connor came to recognize the stature and genius of this' powerhouse of the Revolution'. His splendid tribute to the Big Fellow captures all the force of his dynamic personality against the turbulent background of the times.

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User Review  - ukforever - LibraryThing

A great biography of Collins written less than two decades after his death. O'Conner fought against Collins and the Treaty during the Irish Civil War, but became fascinated by the man later. Contains ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dan Panneton - Goodreads

Anything O'Connor writes is a fun read, but when he dabbles into history, he has a tendency to let his emotions get the better of him. Historgiographically, this book contributes little to our ... Read full review


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An Irish master of the short story, Frank O'Connor was born Michael O'Donovan in Cork. It is not surprising to learn in the first part of his autobiography, An Only Child (1961), that he took his adored mother's name. O'Connor's absorbing interest was the literary treasury of Ireland. He labored tirelessly over masterful translations of ancient Gaelic works. O'Connor wrote the well-received A Short History of Irish Literature: A Backward Look and edited an anthology of prose and poetry, A Book of Ireland (1959), which contains some of his own translations from the Gaelic. His Shakespeare's Progress (1960) is an appraisal of the bard. In The Lonely Voice: A Study of the Short Story (1963), he examines the work of those he considers the great short story writers of the past. The subjects of his own stories are the middle and lower-middle classes of his beloved Ireland. In his last years, O'Connor lived mostly in the United States, where he taught at Harvard and Northwestern universities.

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