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Optimism V. Pessimism: A Causerie

Author: Patrick Augustine Sheehan

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  1. [Details to follow].
    Canon Sheehan on the Internet
  1. Canon P.A. Sheehan, 'Optimism V. Pessimism: A Causerie,' The Irish Monthly, 25/283 (January 1897) 39–52.
  2. Canon P.A. Sheehan, 'Optimism in Literature. Optimism in Daily Life,' The Literary Life, Essays: Poems (Dublin 1921) 35–57.
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  2. Arthur Coussens, P. A. Sheehan, zijn leven en zijn werken (Brugge/Bruges 1923).
  3. P.A. Sheehan, The Graves at Kilmorna: A Story of '67 (London: 1918 edition).
  4. Michael P. Linehan, Canon Sheehan of Doneraile: Priest, Novelist, Man of Letters (Dublin 1952).
  5. Seamas Ó Buachalla (ed.), A Significant Irish Educationalist: The Educational Writings of P.H. Pearse (Dublin and Cork 1980).
  6. Catherine Candy, Priestly Fictions, Popular Irish Novelists of the Early Twentieth Century—P.A. Sheehan, Joseph Guinan, Gerald O'Donovan (Dublin 1995).
  7. Frank Callanan, T. M. Healy (Cork 1996).
  8. James O'Brien (ed.), The Collected Letters of Canon Sheehan of Doneraile, 1883–1913 (Wells 2013).
  9. James O'Brien, Canon Sheehan of Doneraile 1852–1913: Outlines for a Literary Biography (Wells 2013). [Bibliographical references 205–11].
  10. Don O'Leary, 'Faith, Science and Nature in the Works of Canon Sheehan,' New Hibernia Review, 17/2 (Summer 2013) 119–135.
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Optimism V. Pessimism: A Causerie in The Irish Monthly, Ed. Matthew Russell, S.J.. , Dublin, Irish Jesuit Province (January 1897) volume 25number 283page 39–52


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Created: By Patrick Augustine Sheehan (1852–1913) (1897)

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Language: [EN] The text is in English.
Language: [LA] Some words are in Latin.
Language: [FR] Some words are in French.
Language: [ES] Some words are in Spanish.
Language: [IT] Some words are in Italian.

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