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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (October 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252070291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252070297
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,166,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is a disgrace to American scholarship that [Dunne] is not studied, and thus republished and enjoyed on a par with Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce." -- Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Robson on October 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
Finley Peter Dunne(1867-1936),a Chicago Irish-American newspaperman, was the creator of "Martin Dooley",saloonkeeper on Chicago's "Archey Road"(based on the real Irish district of Archer Avenue),who became the most famous fictional commentator and "popular philosopher" in America from the 1890's up to World War One.The Mr Dooley essays, written in a now archaic Irish brogue,appeared in newspapers and popular monthly magazines,and were eagerly read by everyone,from Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt down.Mr Dooley's opinions and ruminations brought a sane, witty, wise and humorous analysis to bear on numerous subjects and controversies,ranging over politics sports and hobbies,personalities and cultural trends of all kinds.Dunne's Mr.Dooley is both a friend of the poor and dispossessed,and a good natured realist about political schemes to "improve" humanity.

"Mr.Dooley in peace and in war"(1898),was the first book collection of the essays which had appeared in newspapers and magazines.It was a response to Mr.Dooley's arrival as a national phenomenon,after his few years as a local Chicago celebrity, which followed the huge success of the essay "On his cousin George",which dealt with Commodore George Dewey's triumph in the naval battle of Manila bay during the Spanish-American war.The collection is approximately half on subjects relating to this war, and half on other topics(hence the title).

To enjoy Mr.Dooley properly,it is first necessary to become accustomed to the dialect brogue used.This is a little daunting at first,but is fairly easy to get used to-and a reasonable knowledge of life,culture and politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century is obviously an asset.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Mosley on May 10, 2013
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I found Dunne via Charlie Pierce's excerpts, and the full "Dooley" is fantastic. The ideolect may take a moment or two at first, but it is some of the joy, too. Mr. Dooley is part Archie Bunker, part Will Rogers, and part Flann O'Brien. He is delicately satirical of "Mack" (McKinley) and his war in Cuba, but he is even funnier on assorted subjects. Read Dooley on New Year's Resolutions, for example, and see if you don't laugh -- and agree -- that a good enemy "one that hates you hhaard" isn't indispensable.
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For essays written more that 100 years ago, Mr. Dooley remains fascinatingly current. Finley Peter Dunne's comments on things happening in the late 1800s and early 1900s sometime remind you of things going on today. And they're funny. He's kind of the "John Stewart" of his time, when people got their news from papers, not TV and the Internet.

I've found the best way to read him is by doing so out loud. I know it sound dumb, but that's what works for me... Otherwise, Mr Dooley's Irish brogue is sometimes hard to decipher.
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