Fintan O’Toole

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

Vile Bodies

Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination

by Noelle Gallagher

June 27, 2019 issue

The King and I

Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics

by Chris Christie

Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House

by Cliff Sims

March 21, 2019 issue

Leo Varadkar, the prime minister of Ireland, and his partner, Matthew Barrett, at an LGBTQ Pride festival, Dublin, June 2017

Celtic Myths

The Coming of the Celts, AD 1860: Celtic Nationalism in Ireland and Wales

by Caoimhín De Barra

March 7, 2019 issue

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