Desmond Clarke

Life
1907-1979 [Desmond John; D. J. Clarke]; b. Co. Mayo; RDS Librarian and President of the Library Association of Ireland; issued The Ingenious Mr Edgeworth (1965), on R. L. Edgeworth; also Marie Louise O’Morphi (1979), on the mistress of Louis XV (Boucher’s “la Morphise”); continued Fr. Brown’s compilation on Irish fiction resulting in Ireland in Fiction, Part 2 (1985), publ. posthumously and running up to 1980 including - as his preface asserts - ‘all novels and stories dealing with Ireland from 1918 to 1960’; ed. Leabharlann, 1956-65; issued a life of Arthur Dobbs, the Governor of South Carolina born in Carrickfergus, and brother of Francis Dobbs; d. 25 May, Dublin. DIW DIL

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Works
Biographies, Thomas Prior, 1681-1751, Founder of the Royal Dublin Society (Dublin: Colm Ó Lochlainn for the Royal Dublin Society at the sign of the Three Candles 1951), 60pp.; Arthur Dobbs, Esquire, 1689-1765: Surveyor-general of Ireland, Prospector and Governor of North Carolina (London: Bodley Head 1958 [1957]), 232pp., port.; The Ingenious Mr Edgeworth (London: Oldbourne 1965), ill.; Louison: The Life and Loves of Marie Louise O’Morphi (Belfast: Blackstaff 1979), vii, 120pp.; Pref. [on his life and times], to Charles Varley [or Varlo], 1725-95, The Unfortunate Husbandman: An Account of the Life and Travels of a Real Farmer in Ireland, Scotland, England and America [1768] (London: Oldbourne [1964]), 118pp., ill., facs.; ed., Dublin (London: Batsford 1977), x, 182pp., [16]pp. of pls., + maps & ports.

Bibliophilic studies, Paper-Making in Ireland. with P. J. Madden, Printing in Irish [taken from An Leabharlann, September, 1954] (Dublin: Library Association of Ireland [1954]) 20pp.; [?var.] Printing in Ireland (Dublin: Library Association of Ireland 1954), 20pp.; with T. P. O’Neill, ‘Bookbinding in Ireland’, An Leabharlann, Vol. XII, No. 1 (March 1955), and rep. as Do. (Dublin: Library Association of Ireland 1955), 16pp.; Dublin Society's Statistical Surveys: Paper read before the Bibliographical Society of Ireland on the 30th April 1957 (Dublin 1957), 8pp.

Miscellaneous, ed., with edited James Meenan, RDS: The Royal Dublin Society 1731-1981 (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1981), 288pp., 1 map, facs. 1 plan & ports.; with Stephen J[ames] M[eredith] Brown, Ireland in Fiction: A Guide to Irish Novels, Tales, Romances and Folklore, Vol. 2 (Cork: Royal Carbery 1985), 290pp., 20cm. pbk. [continuation of Brown, Ireland in Fiction, Maunsel 1919; reader’s notes on listings and remarks from both these volumes appear throughout this website.]

Query, The Changing Face of Literature: A Discussion and Evaluation of Developments over the Past Fifty Yeears: Proceedings of the 38th International P.E.N. Congress, Dublin , 12-18 Sept. 1971 (Dublin: PEN Center 1972), 148pp.

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Criticism
R. J. Casey [obituary], in Irish Booklore, 4, 2 (1980), pp.77-78.

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Notes
Namesake: Desmond M. Clarke, ed. of Discourse on method, and related writings of René Descartes, 1596-1650 (1999) and author of similar works; also author of Church and State: Essays in Political Philosophy (1985).

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