Parnell and His Party, 1880-1890 – Conor Cruise O’Brien.
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Conor Cruise O’Brien’s second book, published in 1957, grew out of the doctoral thesis he had submitted at Dublin’s Trinity College that, in 1954, duly earned him his PhD. In Parnell and His Party, 1880-1890, O’Brien applied a finessing scholarly eye to the figure of Charles Stewart Parnell, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party and formidable proponent of Home Rule whose career was abruptly ruined by the ‘Mrs O’Shea’ divorce scandal of 1890 that split his party and dominated Irish politics for a generation. For O’Brien this schism was of more than academic interest: his maternal grandfather David Sheehy was among the MPs who repudiated Parnell. This out of print and second hand book is in good condition with some marks and wear on the dust jacket only.