The Irish Famine as Represented in Nineteenth-Century Literature Historical Background - Essay

Historical Background

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

A. M. Sullivan (essay date 1877)

SOURCE: "The Black Forty-Seven," in New Ireland, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1877, pp. 121-43.

[The following essay is taken from Sullivan's New Ireland, which was published just thirty years after the Famine of 1847. In the essay Sullivan attempts not a "formal history" of the Famine, but a history based on his own "personal observation," describing the political, social, and economic forces that contributed to the great tragedy.]

There is probably no subject on which such painful misunderstanding and bitter recrimination have prevailed between the peoples of England and Ireland as the...

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