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Shane Leslie: Sublime Failure

Otto Rauchbauer

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ISBN 10: 1843511568 / ISBN 13: 9781843511564
Published by The Lilliput Press Ltd, 2009
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Title: Shane Leslie: Sublime Failure

Publisher: The Lilliput Press Ltd

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Shane Leslie (1885-1971) is a diplomat; man of letters (novelist, biographer, poet, historian, and pamphleteer); Irish, Anglo-Irish and half-American aristocrat; religious devotee; and, first cousin of Winston Churchill, Irish nationalist, British subject. Using new archival material, Otto Rauchbauer of the University of Vienna provides a scholarly context for understanding and appreciating this neglected writer, observer and witness of his turbulent times. Third baronet of Glaslough, born at Castle Leslie, County Monaghan, old Etonian and graduate of King's College, Cambridge; a familiar of Tolstoy's whom he met in 1907 and doyen of New York where as a reader for Scribner's he discovered Scott Fitzgerald; founder member of the Irish Academy of Letters, Catholic convert and proto-Republican, Leslie straddled many worlds and was a bellwether of Irish and English politics. As an Irish patriot with allegiances to the Crown, Leslie struggled throughout his life to reconcile his various national and cultural identities. His abortive political career deserves renewed attention. Including twenty-four illustrations and fifty annotated letters, this book redraws the prevailing picture of the man and presents a fascinating portrait of an age.

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Otto Rauchbauer was a member of the English Department of the University of Vienna from 1965 to 2003. In 1993 he set up an archive in Drishane, Castletownshend, Co. Cork, the former house of Edith Somerville. A catalogue of the archive and a biographical sketch were subsequently published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission. He is author of Ancestral Voices and Diskurse und Bilder zum anglo-irischen Landssitz im 20 Jahrhundert.

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