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The Martins Of Cro' Martin   By: (1806-1872)

The Martins Of Cro' Martin by Charles James Lever

"The Martins of Cro' Martin is a captivating story that offers a glimpse into the lives and struggles of the Martin family. Set in Ireland during the early 19th century, the novel follows the fortunes of the Martins as they navigate the complex social and political landscape of the time.

Charles James Lever's vivid descriptions and engaging characters bring the story to life, drawing readers into the world of Cro' Martin with its lush landscapes and intricate family dynamics. From the patriarchal figure of Sir Arthur to the headstrong and independent Lucy, each member of the Martin family is fully realized and multi-dimensional.

As the family's fortunes rise and fall, the novel delves into themes of love, loyalty, and ambition, painting a rich and engrossing portrait of a bygone era. Lever's writing is both charming and poignant, immersing readers in a world of grand estates, romantic entanglements, and political intrigue.

Overall, The Martins of Cro' Martin is a compelling historical novel that will appeal to readers who enjoy richly detailed settings and well-developed characters. Lever's masterful storytelling makes this a novel that is both entertaining and thought-provoking, offering a window into a fascinating period of Irish history."

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By Charles James Lever.

With Illustrations By Phiz.

In Two Volumes

Vol. I.


Little, Brown, And Company.




If I have not asked your permission to dedicate this volume to you, it is because I would not involve you in the responsibility of any opinions even so light a production may contain, nor seek to cover by a great name the sentiment and views of a very humble one.

I cannot, however, deny myself the pleasure of inscribing to you a book to which I have given much thought and labor, a testimony of the deep and sincere affection of one who has no higher pride than in the honor of your friendship.

Ever sincerely yours,


Casa Cappoli, Florence, May, 1856


When I had made my arrangement with my publishers for this new story, I was not sorry for many reasons to place the scene of it in Ireland. One of my late critics, in noticing "Roland Cashel" and "The Daltons," mildly rebuked me for having fallen into doubtful company, and half censured in Bohemian several of the characters in these novels. I was not then, still less am I now, disposed to argue the point with my censor, and show that there is a very wide difference between the persons who move in the polite world, with a very questionable morality, and those patented adventurers whose daily existence is the product of daily address... Continue reading book >>

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