Michael Campbell

Life
1924- [Hon. Michael Mussen Campbell]; b. 25 Oct., Dublin; 2nd son of Lord Glenavy, and br. of Patrick Campbell; ed. St Columba’s School and TCD; Irish Bar; briefly practised; worked on London staff of Irish Times; wrote novels, Peter Perry (1956), a ‘story of Dublin Theatrical Life’, and Oh Mary, This London (1959), a fantasy set in London, and Across the Water (1959); later issued The Lord Dismiss Us (1967), based on the actual suicide of a St. Columba’s schoolmaster, to which the author has added a plot concerning homosexual love. DIW IF2

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Works
Peter Perry (London; Heinemann 1956); Oh Mary, This London (London: Heinemann 1959); Across the Water (London; Heinemann 1961); The Princes in England (London; Heinemann 1964); Lord Dismiss Us (London; Heinemann 1967); Nothing Doing (London; Constable 1970).

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References
Brian Cleeve & Ann Brady, A Dictionary of Irish Writers (Dublin: Lilliput 1985), remarks that the title character of Peter Perry (1956) is an elderly but not v. respectable lady living in genteel poverty on Fitzwilliam Sq., while Oh Mary, This London (1959) is a ‘fantastic novel’ set in London, with Irish characters.

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