Richard Chenevix (1774-1830)

Life
1774-1830; b. Ireland [ODNB]; chemist, wrote poetry and drama; contributed to French and English journals; FRS [Edinburgh], & RIA, Dublin, 1810. ODNB RAF

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References
Patrick Rafroidi, Irish Literature in English, The Romantic Period, 1789-1850 (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1980), Vol. 2; chemist, but cites Essay upon Nation Character, being an enquiry into some of the princ. causes which contribute to form and modify ... nations ... in the state of civilisation (1832); also, Dramatic Poems, Leonora, a trag. [5 acts], and Etha and Aidalle, a dram. poem (1802), and Two Plays, Mantuan Revels, com., and Henry the Seventh, hist. trag. No works performed. [NOTE more freq. var. ‘Leonara’.]

Peter Kavanagh, The Irish Theatre (1946); Richard Chenevix 1774-1830; Chemist, mineralogist; Dramatic Poems - Leonara, trag., and Etha and Aidallo, dram. poem (London 1802); two other plays, published 1812, Mantuan Revels, 5 act com.; Henry the Seventh, 5 act hist. trag., reviewed in Edinburgh Review, 1812; wrote imitation Shakespeare.

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Quotations
also Patrick Rafroidi, Irish Literature in English, The Romantic Period, 1789-1850 (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1980), Vol. I; Richard Chenevix, Dramatic Poems, ‘Leonara’, p.83, criticises Shakespeare for failing to observe the three unities, but prefers him to Racine because he is more impassioned. [57]

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