Condition - fair - spine lean, reading creases to spine, previous owners name to the front endpaper. Binding tight, no underlining or marks. First published 1927.
Born in 1893 in Meenmore, outside Dungloe in Co. Donegal, Irish Republican, Peadar O’Donnell was a prominent social activist, a human rights campaigner and a prolific writer. O'Donnell was prominent in the Irish War of Independence, the Civil War, and fought in the Spanish Civil War on the Republican side. His literary works include the novels Storm (1925), Adrigoole (1929); The Knife (1930), The Gates Flew Open (1932), On the Edge of the Stream (1934); The Big Windows (1955) and Proud Island (1975).
From 1916 to 1918, he was headmaster of the No. 1 National School on Arranmore Island - it was during this time that he developed what was to become a life-long passion for socialism.
Setting aside one hour per day to his writing, and becoming actively involved in the trade union movement, O’Donnell soon developed the public persona that would see him become one of the foremost Irish political thinkers of the twentieth century. Among the educational issues he campaigned for were funding, policies, pay and conditions. Heavily involved in the Irish trade union movement, Peadar advocated on behalf of Arranmore islanders who were forced to emigrate to Scotland to work as 'tattie hokers' (potato pickers). In June 1918, the progressively public social activist chaired a meeting on Arranmore and with the islanders established the Arranmore Migratory Labourers’ Union. O’Donnell also formed strong connections with the Donegal islands of Inis Fraoch and Inis Caorach - the latter being the setting of his acclaimed novel Islanders (1927).