Cromwell. A Poem. Illustrated with Six Plates in Colour by Brian Kelly. Dublin: Beaver Row Press, 1983. First Limited Edition. Pp, 146. A near fine copy in pictorial dust jacket (small perforation to spine).
Limited Numbered Edition of 150 Copies, Signed by the Author & Illustrator.
Kennelly’s comic-grotesque historical ‘epic’ Cromwell immediately received both critical acclaim and popularity on publication, spending several months on the bestseller lists in Ireland. With its central focus on one of Irish history’s hate-figures, Kennelly’s book raises crucial questions about the nature of the determining role which history plays within contemporary Irish poetry.