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By R.B. McDowell

ISBN-10: 1843511339

ISBN-13: 9781843511335

Between golf equipment, eating halls, libraries, associations and strong addresses within the state, R.B. McDowell, born in September 1913, had led the charmed and energized life of a extraordinary bachelor don, embellishing the lives of generations of scholars - mainly Trinity university undergraduates - fellow historians, educational colleagues and neighbors. In McDowell on McDowell, A Memoir, he describes this existence, virtually solely formed via a seventy-five 12 months organization with Trinity collage, Dublin, with interludes at Radley, Oxfordshire through the moment international warfare, in London after respectable retirement in 1981 and at the Continent for vacation trips. With spare, poised prose, which finds because it conceals, he tells of origins in Edwardian Belfast and conjures up stories of secondary schooling at ‘Inst' and Elmwood Sunday tuition, annual visits to London, and summers at Fahan and Portadown. He survives the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, and studies widening social and highbrow contours knowledgeable by way of avid examining in army historical past, eighteenth-century British politics, nineteenth-century fiction, Adam Smith, Marx and Spengler. In 1932 he progresses to TCD as lecturer, historian and author, coming to spot with eighteenth-century eire - its constructions, politics and other people - because the fundamental concentration of his curiosity and paintings in a relocating expression of its ethos and his personal. He additionally offers interesting, vibrant cameos of Europe in situation: traveling Cologne in January 1939, and in may possibly 1968 becoming a member of pupil radicals at the side road St Germain in Paris, an adventure grew to become to account as he handled home-grown Internationalists in his potential as Junior Dean (1956-69). This exciting essay is self-portraiture, conveyed with the conception and simplicity of an after-dinner speaker and raconteur, alive to the idiosyncrasies and vagaries of his occupation, is a important list of a special Irishman and citizen of the area on the shut of his days. The Lilliput Press has released 4 of R.B. McDowell's past works: Land and studying: Irish golf equipment (1993), drawback and Decline: The destiny of Southern Unionists (1997), Grattan: A lifestyles (2001) and ancient Essays, 1838-2001 (2003).

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