Published Humanitas, Volume VI, No. 2, 1993

Burke’s present-day compatriot, the writer and former United Nations official Conor Cruise O’Brien, is the author of a “thematic biography” entitled The Great Melody. The melody, he
argues, is the orchestration, through language, imagery, and rhetoric, of that fight against abuse of power on all levels and latitudes that O’Brien sees as the paramount goal of Burke’s career.

It is good to see that Burke is being systematically studied. O’Brien gives his reader a broad overview of how Burke pursued his causes in Parliament and in his writing. The author draws a rather detailed picture of the dramatic circumstances.


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