Ireland House Oral History Collection

Peter Quinn

Peter Quinn


11 November 2009

2 hours, 30 minutes, 54 seconds

Preferred Citation:

Ireland House Oral History Collection, Archives of Irish America, New York University

Biographical Note:

Peter Quinn (b. 1947) is a second-generation Irish-American writer and historian. He grew up in the Bronx and attended Manhattan College and Fordham University for history. From 1979 to 1982 he worked as a speechwriter for New York Governor Hugh Carey, and from 1982 to 1985, he was a speechwriter for New York Governor Mario Cuomo. During this time, he began researching and for a novel based on the 1863 Civil War Draft Riots in New York and meeting with other aspiring writers such as William Kennedy and Frank McCourt as part of the First Friday Club. In 1985 he became Editorial Director for Time, Inc. His first novel, Banished Children of Eve, was published in 1994 and won an American Book Award (1995). He is also the author of Hour of the Cat (2005), a novel about the eugenics movement, and Looking For Jimmy (2007), a non-fiction study of Irish-American identity.



  1. Author of How the Irish Became White (1995).
  2. A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggle in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (2003), Steven Hahn