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title James Jeffrey Roche: Irishman, Islander, and Boston Man of Letters
creator O'Grady, Thomas B.
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description Posterity may — rightly — prefer to remember James Jeffrey Roche almost solely for his years with the Boston Pilot newspaper, proferring him a modest but distinguished place alongside his editorial antecedents Thomas D'Arcy McGee and John Boyle O'Reilly in the pantheon of Irish-American history. Certainly, Roche's affiliation with the widely circulated and highly influential weekly newspaper, dating back to 1883 when he joined the paper as assistant to O'Reilly, must be regarded as his most lasting contribution to American society and culture. A thorough consideration of Roche, however, reveals a figure more complex, more subtle, even more engaging than the mere advocate for matters Irish and matters Catholic in turn-of-the-century America. Forthe very qualities that so qualified Jeffrey Roche for his work on The Pilot—his integrity and his eloquence, his humanity and his humour — are reflected in his non-journalistic writing and in his public life as well, suggesting that while he was indisputably an Irishman both by birth and conviction, his remarkable personal successes in Boston —journalistic, belletristic, and social—may owe as much to his upbringing and his schooling on Prince Edward Island as to his "old world" ethnicity and sympathies.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1990
type Document
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identifier vre:islemag-batch2-359
source 27
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.

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title James Jeffrey Roche: Irishman, Islander, and Boston Man of Letters
creator O'Grady, Thomas B.
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description Posterity may — rightly — prefer to remember James Jeffrey Roche almost solely for his years with the Boston Pilot newspaper, proferring him a modest but distinguished place alongside his editorial antecedents Thomas D'Arcy McGee and John Boyle O'Reilly in the pantheon of Irish-American history. Certainly, Roche's affiliation with the widely circulated and highly influential weekly newspaper, dating back to 1883 when he joined the paper as assistant to O'Reilly, must be regarded as his most lasting contribution to American society and culture. A thorough consideration of Roche, however, reveals a figure more complex, more subtle, even more engaging than the mere advocate for matters Irish and matters Catholic in turn-of-the-century America. Forthe very qualities that so qualified Jeffrey Roche for his work on The Pilot—his integrity and his eloquence, his humanity and his humour — are reflected in his non-journalistic writing and in his public life as well, suggesting that while he was indisputably an Irishman both by birth and conviction, his remarkable personal successes in Boston —journalistic, belletristic, and social—may owe as much to his upbringing and his schooling on Prince Edward Island as to his "old world" ethnicity and sympathies.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1990
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-359
source 27
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.