STRONG WORDS, BRAVE DEEDS

The Poetry, Life and Times of Thomas O'Brien, Volunteer in the Spanish Civil War

Edited by
Gustav Klaus
Strong Words, Brave Deeds

A collection of his poems and plays by Thomas O'Brien (1914-1974), poet, playwright, publisher, communist, IRA member and founding member of the revolutionary New Theatre Group, with an account of his life.

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272 pages
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234x156 mm
ISBN:
9780862783761

'I have written poems in words 
Now I shall write one in action'
Poet, playwright, publisher, communist, IRA member and founding member of the revolutionary New Theatre Group, Thomas O'Brien (1914-1974) chose the hard road of Left republicanism in the Dublin of the 1930s, at a time when its only rewards were ostracism, victimisation and downright physical attacks. His strongest ideological statement was made in 1938, when he went off to fight with the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. This book is a collection of his poems and plays, and an account of his life. It also contains letters, personal and political, sent to the war front, as well as memoirs and essays by various contributors, which outline the social climate in pre-World War Dublin, and tell of a forgotten but powerful socialist culture.

Contributors:

  • J. Bowyer Bell - Ireland and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39
  • Sean O hEidirsceoil - A Personal Memoir of the Thirties
  • Manus O'Riordan - Communism in Dublin in the 1930s

H Gustav Klaus holds the Chair of British Literature at the University of Rostock. He has taught and lectured in many countries including Australia, Britain, Denmark, France and Spain. He takes special interest in the 'little' tradition of working-class and socialist writing. His first major book was a study of another Spanish volunteer, Christopher Caudwell. This was followed by The Socialist Novel in Britain, ed. (1982), The Literature of Labour (1985), The Rise of Socialist Fiction 1880-1914 ed. (1987) and an anthology of working-class stories, Tramps, Workmates and Revolutionaries (1993).

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