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Words of the Dead Chief
Being Extracts from the Public Speeches and Other Pronouncements of Charles Stewart Parnell from the Beginning to the Close of His Memorable Life

Charles Stewart Parnell (author)
Jennie Wyse-Power (author)
Anna Parnell (author)
Donal McCartney (compiled)
Pauric Travers (compiled)
Paperback / softback,
Publication date:
22nd July 2009

Author Biography

CHARLES STEWART PARNELL Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-91) was an Irish Protestant landowner, agitator for land reform, Home Rule MP in the UK Parliament and founder and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party. JENNY WYSE-POWER Jennie Wyse-Power (1858-1941) was a political activist in the Land League campaign and later in Cumann na mBan of which she was first President. Donal McCartney is Professor Emeritus of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin. Pauric Travers is President of St Patrick's College, Drumcondra


"Words of a Dead Chief" is an important text from a critical period in Irish nationalist politics. Published in 1892, shortly after Charles Stewart Parnell's death, it is a collection of extracts from his speeches, including all of the best-known ones. There is an unmistakeable political even propagandist dimension to the publication. It was written for a nationalist audience and particularly for followers of Parnell. Wyse-Power explains in her preface that the purpose of her 'humble memento' was to keep the principles which Parnell enunciated before the minds of Irish Nationalists 'for whom there should be a rule of political faith and conduct'. She aimed to select such passages as were most characteristic of Parnell, of most vital importance for nationalists to study, remember and take for guidance. This edition includes the original introduction by C. S. Parnell's sister Anna. The book was an immediate bestseller. It was easily accessible to a general audience and proved highly influential, but it went quickly out of print.