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Owen Dudley Edwards

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Owen Dudley Edwards is an Honorary Fellow in the School of History at the University of Edinburgh, where he has taught from 1968. In keeping with that University’s treasured tradition of ‘generalism’, he is very much a polymath.

Dudley Edwards’ natural brio and mastery of words confer on his most scholarly contributions a spirit of entertainment. He was born in Dublin and educated at Belvedere College and UCD. He has been acknowledged as ‘a distinguished Irish scholar and man of letters, whose pan-Celtic spirit comprehends a Welsh name, a university post in Scotland and several important books on Irish history.’ He is a regular contributor and reviewer for radio, television and the press. His books include The Quest for Sherlock Holmes: A Biographical Study of Arthur Conan Doyle; Mind of an Activist: James Connolly; P.G Wodehouse: A Critical and Historical Study; Macaulay; Burke and Hare; Hare and Burke (play); Éamon de Valera; British Children’s Fiction in the Second World War; How David Cameron Saved Scotland and Scotland’s Waterloo.

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