Bard of Erin: The Life of Thomas Moore

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Colm Tóibín has called Thomas Moore 'the most influential figure in shaping the Irish political psyche'. In Bard of Erin, Ronan Kelly tells the story of Moore's extraordinary life - from humble beginnings in Dublin to glittering social and literary success in London (at one point his popularity was eclipsed only by that of Sir Walter Scott and his close friend Lord Byron). Ronan Kelly's biography is a gripping and definitive account of a great romantic figure.

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'Thanks to Ronan Kelly's enthralling new biography, [Moore] is about to become an important part of our cultural landscape again ... There hasn't been a better biography published in Ireland for many a year'
-- Irish Independent

`Vividly absorbing ... an enthusiastic, persuasive and highly readable attempt to restore a full picture of the man ... Everything in this eloquent and intelligent life shows that Moore's achievement decisively transcended the "poetical"' -- Roy Foster, The Times

'This new biography of Thomas Moore delights in the reading. Ronan Kelly has done his groundwork well ... A substantial, highly readable examination of the life, social development and cultural significance of a figure who occupies a pivotal position in Irish history, both as an Irish writer of the Romantic period and as 'Ireland's National Poet' of a pre-partition era'
-- Sunday Business Post

'a major reassessment ... scholarly and comprehensive ... Kelly makes it clear what fun Moore was' -- Irish Daily Mail

`Definitive ... a fascinating story' -- John Montague, Irish Times

About the Author:

Ronan Kelly was born in Dublin in 1974. Bard of Erin is his first book.

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