Books: Unlucky Rebel

THE PURSUIT OF ROBERT EMMET (407 pp.) — Helen Landrefh — Whittlesey House ($3.75).

By the time Dublin's Robert Emmet was twelve years old, in 1790, he had already decided "that it would be a glorious thing to give his life for his country."

Helen Landreth's book tells how Emmet, warmly assisted by the English secret service, realized this dream of glory. The Pursuit of Robert Emmet is an exhaustive account of the events leading to the Irish insurrection of 1803, which Emmet led and in which he died.

Many of the accounts of Emmet's life have been lost; others have only recently...

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