The Great Melody: A Thematic Biography of Edmund Burke by Conor Cruise O'brienThe Great Melody: A Thematic Biography of Edmund Burke by Conor Cruise O'brien

The Great Melody: A Thematic Biography of Edmund Burke

byConor Cruise O'brien

Paperback | March 20, 1994

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Statesman, political thinker, orator, and ardent campaigner, Edmund Burke was one of the most brilliant figures of the eighteenth century. This unorthodox biography focuses on Burke's thoughts, responses, and actions to the great events and debates surrounding Britain's tumultuous relationships with her three colonies—America, Ireland, and India—and archrival France.

"In bringing Burke to our attention, Mr. O'Brien has brought back a lost treasure. The Great Melody is a brilliant work of narrative sweep and analytical depth. Conor Cruise O'Brien on Edmund Burke is a literary gift to political thought."—John Patrick Diggins, New York Times Book Review

"Serious readers of history are in for a treat: a book by the greatest living Irishman on the greatest Irishman who ever lived. . . . O'Brien's study is not merely a reconstruction of a fascinating man and period. It is also a tract for the times. . . . I cannot remember another time when I finished a book of more than 600 pages wishing it were longer."—Paul Johnson, The Independent

"The Great Melody combines superb biography and fascinating history with a profound understanding of political philosophy."—Former President Richard Nixon
Conor Cruise O'Brien (1917-2008) was a leading Irish intellectual of his generation and had a distinguished career in public life as a diplomat, politician, government minister, writer, newspaper editor, critic, and scholar. He published numerous books in subjects such as history, biography, politics, and religion.
Title:The Great Melody: A Thematic Biography of Edmund BurkeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.9 inPublished:March 20, 1994Publisher:University of Chicago Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226616517

ISBN - 13:9780226616513


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Note on Sources
Ireland 1729-1780
American Colonies 1765-1778
American Colonies, Ireland 1778-1783
India 1767-1790
France 1789-1791
France, Ireland, India 1791-1797
General Index
Thematic Index

From Our Editors

Edmund Burke was a trail-blazing legend, a makeshift superstar among political philosophers before his untimely death in 1797. His name is big because of the definitive work he did reflecting on the state of the rapidly-evolving 18th century European society, and as much as we know about what he thinks from all that writing back then, we know little about the Irishman himself. The Great Melody solves that problem with its fascinating and fresh look at the life of a man who looked at life. Conor Cruise O'Brien gives Burke the appropriate narrative force and analytical depth in this literary take on a masterful mind.