Books: The Magic Bucket


by JOYCE MARLOW 334 pages. Saturday Review Press.


How remote, how quaint the well-behaved Irish rebellion of Charles Stewart Parnell seems today, with its motto, "Home Rule," and its hope of working out a decent compromise through the parliamentary system. Yet how much more remote, how much more quaint must appear the Great Love that brought down Parnell and his cause—the ten-year affair he conducted with Katharine O'Shea, another Irishman's wife.

The Parnell legend, so peculiarly suited to the romantic side of 19th century politics and the sentimental side...

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