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Articles by Peter Quinn

A comprehensive list of magazine articles penned over the years.

Commonweal October 2017 issue

Out of Reach

From: Commonweal
Date: October 20, 2017
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Memories of a distant father.

Irish America Dec 2016 / Jan 2017 issue

John Quinn: The Forgotten Irish American Nationaist

From: Irish America
Date: December 2016 / January 2017
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The Irish American lawyer who funded the Irish literary renaissance.

Commonweal Spring 2015 issue

The Rising Revised

From: Commonweal
Date: March 25, 2016
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Roy Foster's Vivid Faces.

City Courant Spring 2015 issue

An Interview with Historian and Novelist Peter Quinn

From: City Courant
Date: Spring 2015
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A compelling conversation with Peter Quinn about history and his process.

Commonweal July 10, 2015 issue

Runyon's Way

From: Commonweal
Date: July 10, 2015
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Writers must learn these things for themselves and find their own way. Yet for most, if not all, the path is so crooked and confusing that getting lost is as easy as falling off a barstool after gargling one-too-many alcoholic beverages of one type or another.

Commonweal April 10, 2015 issue

Things Fall Apart

From: Commonweal
Date: April 10, 2015
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The greatest failure in America is the failure to stay young.

Commonweal September 12, 2014 issue

Mad Jack: Siegfried Sassoon at War & at Peace

From: Commonweal
Date: September 12, 2014
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In her perspective, exhaustively researched biography of Siegfried Sassoon, Jean Moorcroft Wilson posits that "a study of his life is a study of his age."

Commonweal May 16, 2014 issue

Hunger Games: Who Gets To Eat and Who Decides?

From: Commonweal
Date: May 16, 2014
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The Politics of Hunger - What criteria should be used to decide who gets fed - and in what amount - and who doesn't?

Commonweal October 25, 2013 issue

The Biggest Part of Writing is Showing up

From: Commonweal
Date: October 25, 2013
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A conversation with Peter Quinn - by Domenic Preziosi

Commonweal October 11, 2013 issue

The Last Word: Past Perfect

From: Commonweal
Date: October 11, 2013
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"The past isn't dead," William Faulkner famously remarked. "It isn't even past."

Mystery Scene No. 132, 2013 issue

Peter Quinn: an About Town

From: Mystery Scene
Date: Number 132, 2013
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The glittering hustle of 1950s New York comes to life in Quinn's latest historical novel - by Joseph Goodrich.

Commonweal March 11, 2011 issue

Hard-boiled Valentine

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: March 11, 2011
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Lauretta O'Connor's Hard-boiled Valentine, a review of The Man Who Never Returned.

Commonweal January 28, 2011 issue

At the Crossroads

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: January 28, 2011
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Review of Who Occupies This House by Kathleen Hill.

Irish America June/July 2010 issue

The Road To The White House

From: Irish America magazine
Date: June/July 2010
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Mastery of urban politis helped the Irish rise from the huddled mases to the heights of political power..

Commonweal June 18, 2010 issue

In Service: Emily Dickinson, Helen Keller & the Irish Help

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: June 18, 2010
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The women behind Emily Dickinson & Helen Keller.

Commonweal March 12, 2010 issue

What's the Rush?

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: March 12, 2010
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A discussion of Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church's controversial consideration of his canonization.

Irish America Oct/Nov 2009 issue

A Fervent Melody Struggling To Be Heard

From: Irish America magazine
Date: October/November 2009
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A piece on the legacy of San Francisco-based Irish- American scholar and activist, Danny Cassidy.

Irish America Oct/Nov 2009 issue

Frank's Map

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: August 14, 2009
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Remembering writer Frank McCourt and his complicated views on Catholicism.

Commonweal May 22, 2009 issue

Who's the Boss?

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: May 22, 2009
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A review of King of the Bowery: Big Tim Sullivan, Tammany Hall, and New York City from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era by Richard F. Welch.

Commonweal February 13, 2009 issue

Frankie's Secret

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: February 13, 2009
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The forgotten costs of war.

Irish America Dec08/Jan09 issue

Remembering Danny: The Real Jazz

From: Irish America magazine
Date: December 08/January 09
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Peter Quinn remembers Daniel Cassidy, the author of How the Irish Invented Slang, as "a deeply spiritual man of passionate intensity and resonant laughter... a social visionary filled with savage indignation against snobbery, pretense, arrogance..."

Commonweal May 9, 2008 issue

Hitler's Doctor

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: May 9, 2008
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A review of 1940 by Jay Neugeboren.

Commonweal May 4, 2007 issue

Lavender Hill Mob

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: May 4, 2007
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A review of Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon.

Commonweal March 9, 2007 issue

The Gentle Darwinians

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: March 9, 2007
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What Darwin's champions won't mention.

Commonweal October 20, 2006 issue

Clement & Loving

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: October 20, 2006
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A review of After This by Alice McDermott.

Time June 27, 2005 issue

Hour of the Cat promo ad

From: Time magazine
Date: June 27, 2005
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Overlook Press' promotional ad for the release of Hour of the Cat.

American Heritage March 2003 issue

Race Cleansing in America

From: American Heritage magazine
Date: March 2003
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A nationwide gene-purity movement promoted methods that eventually were adopted by the Third Reich. And everyone from John D. Rockefeller to W.E.B. DuBuis supported it.

Commonweal November 2, 2002 issue

The Catholic Novel: Fact Or Fiction?

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: November 8, 2002
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An essay adapted from the Fourth Annual Russo Lecture sponsored by Fordham University's Archbishop Hughes Institute for Religion and Culture.

America Jan31 - Feb7, 1998 issue

Dear Disagreeable New York

From: America magazine
Date: January 31-February 7, 1998
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The real skinny on America's most consistently and wonderfully disagreeable town.

American Heritage December 1997 issue

The Tradegy of Bridget Such-A-One

From: American Heritage magazine
Date: December 1997
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A hundred and fifty years ago famine in Ireland fostered a desperate, unprecedented mass migration to America. Neither country has been the same since.

Commonweal October 24, 1997 issue

Long Day's Journey From Rome

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: October 24, 1997
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A book review of Down the Nights and Down the Days: Eugene O'Neill's Catholic Sensibility by Edward L. Shaughnessy.

Commonweal Dec 18, 1987 issue

It's Coming On Christmas: Schlock & The Incarnation

From: Commonweal magazine
Date: December 18, 1987
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One man's unique musings on the Christmas season. Watch out jolly Old St. Nick!

America Aug 29- Sep5, 1987 issue

The Gathering Gloom:
Is 1929 About To Happen Again?

From: America magazine
Date: August 29-September 5, 1987
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Those aren't acorns dropping out of the heavens; they are the harbingers for the despondent stockbrokers and investment bankers of the Great-Crash-to-Come.

New York Times March 16, 1985 edition

In Search of Protestants

From: The New York Times
Date: March 16, 1985
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A Bronx boy's puzzlement in the 1950's