Foreword to The Great Famine

Published in Issue 6 (November/December 2015), Letters, Volume 23

Sir,—The review (HI 23.5, Sept./Oct. 2015) of the recent posthumous publication of The genesis of National Socialism by T. Desmond Williams, when recounting Williams’s career, states that ‘he co-wrote an introduction to a book on the Irish Famine’. Williams and his colleague R. Dudley Edwards were indeed the editors of The Great Famine. Studies in Irish history 1845–52 (Dublin, 1956). However, the foreword attributed to the editors was in fact written by Kevin B. Nowlan, their UCD colleague, as explained by Cormac Ó Gráda in ‘Making history in Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s: the saga of the Great Famine’, in The Irish Review, No. 12 (Spring/Summer 1992).—Yours etc.,

JOYCE PADBURY

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