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Roger Casement's diaries : 1910 : the black and the white
Casement, Roger, 1864-1916.
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London : Pimlico, 1997.
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x, 274 pages : map ; 24 cm.
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DA965.C3 A3 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Born in Ireland in 1864 Roger Casement acted as British Consul in various parts of Africa (1895-1904) and Brazil(1906-11) where he denounced atrocities among Congolese and Putumayo rubber workers. This title takes us deep into the mind of the bravest, most selfless and practical humanitarian of the Edwardian age.

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The controversy over the authenticity of Sir Roger Casement's so-called "Black Diaries," which chronicled various of his homosexual activities during the early years of this century, seems never-ending. Their existence became known during his treason trial in 1916. Shortly thereafter his supporters (mostly Irish nationalists) suggested that they were forgeries that British authorities devised to thwart petitions for his reprieve and, following his execution, to blacken his reputation. Sawyer, author of the highly regarded Casement: The Flawed Hero (CH, Dec'84), concludes that the diaries were genuine and here presents a compelling argument to support his view. This volume contains a corrected and fully annotated edition of the "Black Diary" for 1910 along with the more discursive but nonerotic "White Diary" for the same year. Sawyer nicely lays out the history of the diaries and his reasons for rejecting the conspiracy theories that surround them. He also provides a capsule biography of Casement, a chronology of his career, and a brief guide for further reading. A welcome addition to the voluminous literature on Casement. For upper-division undergraduates and above. G. Owens; Huron College