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No Acquittal

In response to:

The Myth of Roger Casement from the March 21, 1974 issue

To the Editors:

In his interesting survey of Michael Collins and modern Ireland [NYR, March 21], Noel Annan was kind enough to make a passing reference or two to my biography of Roger Casement. The myth, he believes, has cast its spell over me, as I “seem to suggest that Casement could somehow have been acquitted.” Shaw’s myth must have cast its spell over Annan: the point I was making was that there was never the remotest chance of an acquittal.

Brian Inglis

London

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