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