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O’Grady, The Flight of the Eagle.

O'Grady, The Flight of the Eagle.

O’Grady, Standish. The Flight of the Eagle. Dublin, The Phoenix Publishing Company, no date (c.1940). 13 x 19 cm. 309 pages. Hardcover. Blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. Very good+ condition. Minor signs of edgewear and slight foxing.

Standish James O’Grady (Irish: Anéislis Séamus Ó Grádaigh; 18 September 1846 – 18 May 1928) was an Irish author, journalist, and historian. O’Grady was inspired by Sylvester O’Halloran and played a formative role in the Celtic Revival, publishing the tales of Irish mythology, as the History of Ireland: Heroic Period (1878), arguing that the Gaelic tradition had rival only from the tales of Homeric Greece. O’Grady was a paradox for his times, proud of his Gaelic heritage, he was also a member of the Church of Ireland, a champion of aristocratic virtues (particularly decrying bourgeois values and the uprooting cosmopolitanism of modernity) and at one point advocated a revitalised Irish people taking over the British Empire and renaming it the Anglo-Irish Empire.

O’Grady’s influence crossed the divide of the Anglo-Irish and Irish-Ireland traditions in literature. His influence was explicitly stated by the Abbey Theatre set with Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats and George William Russell attributing their interest in the Fenian Cycle of Gaelic tradition in part to him. In a more cautious sense, some of the figures associated with the Sinn Féin movement and it’s more radical nationalist fringes, such as Arthur Griffith and Patrick Pearse, sometimes had positive things to say about his efforts in helping to retrieve from the past the Gaelic heroic outlook (although they rejected his unionist views and Episcopalian disposition). (Wikipedia)

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O'Grady, The Flight of the Eagle.
O’Grady, The Flight of the Eagle.