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Fintan O'Toole

Fintan O’Toole

Fintan O’Toole is a columnist for The Irish Times and the Leonard L. Milberg Professor of Irish Letters at Princeton. His new book, We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland, will be published in the US in March.
 (October 2021)

William Hogarth: The March of the Guards to Finchley, 1750. ‘At right,’ Fintan O’Toole writes, ‘the notorious brothel-keeper Mother Douglas looks out on [English soldiers] from the King’s Head Tavern, while her employees display themselves from the other windows. On the left, an infected soldier grimaces in pain as he attempts to piss against a wall to which is affixed a flyer advertising the services of a well-known VD specialist.’

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