Romantics And Revolutionaries

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Shelley, Wordsworth and Thackeray visited Ireland at times of political turmoil. How did these English poets and novelists perceive Ireland - as a provincial backwater offering lush landscapes or as a place of stirring political debate? Writer and performer, Pete McCarthy traces the writers' journeys - finding the inns they stayed at, characters and situations they wrote about - and talking to Irish experts about the writers' romantic or revolutionary responses.