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Robert Emmet (4 March 1778 - 20 September 1803) was an Irish nationalist and Republican, orator and rebel leader. He led an abortive rebellion against British rule in 1803. He was captured by the British, tried and executed for high treason against the British king. Robert Emmet came from a wealthy Anglo-Irish Protestant family who sympathised with Irish Catholics and their lack of fair representation in Parliament. The Emmet family also sympathised with the rebel colonists in the American Revolution. While Emmet's efforts to rebel against British rule failed, his actions and speech after his conviction inspired his compatriots. Robert Emmet wrote a letter from his cell in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin on 8 September 1803. He addressed it to "Miss Sarah Curran, the Priory, Rathfarnham" and handed it to a prison warden, George Dunn, whom he trusted to deliver it. Dunn betrayed him and gave the letter to the government authorities. Due to Emmet's attempt to hide near Curran, which cost him his life, and his parting letter to her, Emmet became known as a legendary romantic character, appealing to the Victorian Era's appetite for Romanticism.

About the Author

Louise Imogen Guiney (January 7, 1861 - November 2, 1920) was an American poet, essayist and editor, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The daughter of Gen. Patrick R. Guiney, an Irish-born American Civil War officer and lawyer, and Jeannette Margaret Doyle, she was educated at a convent school in Providence, Rhode Island, from which she graduated in 1879. Over the next 20 years, she worked at various jobs, including serving as a postmistress and working as a cataloger at the Boston Public Library. In 1901, Guiney moved to Oxford, England, to focus on her poetry and essay writing. She soon began to suffer from ill health and was no longer able to write poetry and instead concentrated on critical and biographical studies of English Catholic poets and writers. Guiney died of a stroke near Gloucestershire, England, at age 59, leaving much of her work unfinished.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781979672238
ISBN-10: 1979672237
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: November 13th, 2017
Pages: 56
Language: English