The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution

The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution

by Frank O'Connor

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Overview

Out of print for decades, the classic literary biography of one of Ireland's greatest and most charismatic leaders returns. Playfully nicknamed "The Big Fellow", Michael Collins was a revered revolutionary leader in Ireland in the early 1900s. Frank O'Connor's artful and even-handed biography of Collins brings him alive for readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780905169842
Publisher: Poolbeg Press
Publication date: 01/01/1996
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Frank O'Connor was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1903. His many collections of short stories gained him a worldwide reputation as one of the greatest masters of the form. He died in 1966.

Table of Contents

PART ONE LILLIPUT IN LONDON 15(64)
I Lilliput in London
15(8)
II Up the Republic!
23(11)
III Jailbirds
34(4)
IV Rainbow Chasers
38(6)
V The First Round
44(15)
VI On the Run
59(10)
VII War
69(10)
PART TWO THE BODY AND THE LASH 79(76)
VIII Spies
79(16)
IX Enter the Black and Tans
95(17)
X Realists and Dreamers
112(7)
XI Bloody Sunday
119(9)
XII De Valera Returns
128(11)
XIII Truce
139(16)
PART THREE THE TRAGIC DILEMMA 155(61)
XIV Treaty
155(15)
XV A Rift in the Lute
170(4)
XVI The Great Talk
174(10)
XVII Alarms and Excursions
184(10)
XVIII Civil War
194(6)
XIX The Shadow Falls
200(8)
XX Apotheosis
208(8)
Index 216

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The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ukforever on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great biography of Collins written less than two decades after his death. O'Conner fought against Collins and the Treaty during the Irish Civil War, but became fascinated by the man later. Contains many, many interesting anecdotes which you'll enjoy if you aren't too worried about their provenance (there are very few footnotes). Neil Jordan said he read this book before writing the script to his movie and it shows. There are scenes in the book which are almost exactly performed on screen in the film. Pick up this book if you want a non-academic, fun and interesting view of Collins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This biography, written in novelistic style by a man who knew Michael Collins and fought against him in Ireland's civil war, brings a different and particularly interesting perspective to the saga of 'The Big Fella'. Most of the biographies of Collins have been written long after his death and by writers who may have researched intensively but didn't know their subject personally. O'Conner was a contemporary and provides a picture of a young man with an intense love of his country, an astonishing intelligence, and a charismatic personality who masterminded a guerrilla war against England which ultimately resulted in Ireland's first taste of freedom in 700 years. O'Conner lets you see the way in which Michael Collins interacted with his comrades, the love and loyalty he inspired in his countrymen, and the fear and frustration he brought to Ireland's British rulers. It is an engrossing story.