Books: Knight in Quicklime

ROGER CASEMENT, IRISH PATRIOT, ENGLISH TRAITOR (328 pp.)—Rene MacColl —Norton ($5).

If a farce with a tragic ending is the characteristic Irish art form, the life and death of Sir Roger Casement make him a great Irishman. Many of his countrymen believe him to be so and periodically ask the British government to yield custody of his remains, which lie in quicklime within the walls of Pentonville Prison. Casement was hanged for treason in 1916, three months after the Dublin uprising of Easter Week. In the midst of World War I, he had landed...

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