The Irish Famine as Represented in Nineteenth-Century Literature Famine Letters And Eye-Witness Accounts - Essay

Famine Letters And Eye-Witness Accounts

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

K. D. M. Snell (essay date 1994)

SOURCE: "Alexander Somerville and the Irish Famine," in Letters from Ireland during the Famine of 1847, by Alexander Somerville, edited by K. D. M. Snell, Irish Academic Press, 1994, pp. 7-24.

[The following is an introduction to Scottish writer Alexander Somerville's Letters from Ireland (the letters were originally published at the time of their composition [1847] in newspaper reports in the Manchester Examiner, and later as part of Somerville's The Whistler at the Plough [1852]). Snell offers a brief biography of Somervilleexplaining the writer's sympathy with Ireland and the Famine...

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