Book – The Wild Irish Girl by Sydney Owenson,(Lady Morgan)

Sydney Owenson,(Lady Morgan)
Edited by Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Second edition

Oxford University Press – Oxford World’s Classics

‘The Wild Irish Girl’ is a seminal piece of literature by Sydney Owenson, later known as Lady Morgan, that poignantly captures the essence of Irish national identity and the struggle for independence during the early 19th century. Set against the backdrop of Ireland’s political turmoil and cultural conflicts,


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About the book ‘the Wild Irish Girl’ by Sydney Owenson

An Irish National Tale

When Horatio, the son of an English lord, is banished to his father’s Irish estate as punishment for his reckless gambling and dissolute lifestyle, he embarks on a daring quest to find adventure. Adopting the guise of a knight errant, he ventures to the untamed west coast of Connaught, where he stumbles upon the remnants of a bygone Gaelic era. A dilapidated castle, a Catholic priest, a deposed king, and the king’s enchanting and erudite daughter, Glorvina, all become part of Horatio’s extraordinary journey.

In this captivating setting, amidst these intriguing characters, Horatio immerses himself in the rich history, vibrant culture, and lyrical language of a country he had once scorned. However, he must conceal his true identity, for it is his own English ancestors who bear the responsibility for the downfall of the Gaelic family he grows to cherish.

The book ‘the Wild Irish Girl’ by Sydney Owenson emphasizes the potential for growth and understanding between different cultures, suggesting that love and empathy can bridge the gaps created by political and cultural conflicts. The novel’s enduring relevance lies in its ability to capture the universal themes of love, identity, and the pursuit of freedom, making it a timeless piece of literature that continues to resonate with readers today.

Written in the aftermath of the Act of Union, the book ‘The Wild Irish Girl’ by Sydney Owenson (1806) stands as a fervently nationalistic novel and a seminal work in the discourse of Irish nationalism. Its impact was so profound, that Sydney Owenson, later known as Lady Morgan, found herself under surveillance by Dublin Castle due to the controversy it stirred in Ireland.

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Oxford University Press – Oxford World's Classics


Second Edition, 2008




304 pages





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