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Hugh Dorian, a writing clerk and sometime schoolteacher from north Donegal, completed this colorful account of life in his native district in 1890 when he was in his mid-50s. Though he hoped to see it published in his lifetime, it took more than a century for his manuscript to appear in print. Students of Irish history are now fortunate to have this important work available in a superbly edited format. Mac Suibhne (Univ. of Notre Dame) and Dickson (Trinity College, Dublin) provide a lengthy introduction that sketches Dorian's career and provides abundant information about the context and setting of the manuscript. Subsequent chapters relate the author's observations on such matters as schools, teaching, schoolmasters, local scenery, customs, and illicit whisky-making (Dorian had a weakness for drink). Other chapters provide vivid glimpses of the Great Famine and land agitation. Extensive documentation and illustrations enhance the quality of the book. It will be of use to anyone interested in the social history of 19th-century Ireland and Europe. General; undergraduate; graduate; faculty; professional. G. Owens Huron University College
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