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O’Toole, Fintan – A Traitor’s Kiss. The Life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan 1751-1816

£6.50

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(New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998)

8vo; cloth-backed papered boards lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xxi + (iii) + 519 incl. index. Slightest wear to top edge of dustwrapper. Very good condition. A tale of stunning literary success political celebrity and intrigue early death murder treason and revolution this extraordinary book takes as its subject one of the most exciting and enigmatic figures in Irish and English history. Dramatist politician entrepreneur philanderer duelist and revolutionary (or traitor) Richard Brinsley Sheridan was a man of many contradictions: an English-educated Protestant actor who cared about the civil rights of the Irish Catholic peasantry; a playwright who in his time was best known as a politician; a true believer in sincerity yet a role-playing chameleon; a radical who masterminded the monarchy’s crisis following the madness of King George; a member of Parliament who associated with armed insurrectionists against the Crown.””