Very Good. 093325654X. Viii, 256 pages, illustrations, pictorial wrappers, very good. From the foreword: "The life of Erskine Childers is like a song known only in snatches. People say, "Oh, didn't he write The Riddle of the Sands? " Or, "Wasn't he the Englishman they shot for being more Irish than the Irish? " Or, again, some may remember that, skilled yachtsman that he was, he ran guns from Belgium to Ireland-guns that were later used in the Easter Revolution. " From the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition: "Robert Erskine Childers, 1870-1922, Irish politician and author. Born into a Protestant family, he was a clerk in the House of Commons (1895-1910). Gradually becoming convinced of the need for Irish Home Rule, he resigned to work for it, engaging in gun-running for the Irish Volunteers in 1914. After serving in the British forces during World War I, he represented the Irish cause at Versailles and was a member of the Irish delegation that negotiated the treaty with Britain (1921). By this time he was opposed to anything other than republic status for Ireland and urged rejection of the treaty. He fought in the Irish Republican Army in the civil war that followed the creation of the Irish Free State, and was court-martialed and shot as a traitor in 1922. Childers wrote on Irish politics and on military matters, but his best-known work is Riddle of the Sands, a spy novel. "; 256 pages.
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