J. I. C. Clarke

Life
1846-1925; [Joseph Ignatius Constantine Clarke]; b. Kingston, Ireland, 31 July; went to London with family at 12; clerk in Board of Trade in 1863; went to Paris in 1868, resigning job for patriotic motives [connected with Clerkenwell and Martyrs]; moved to America; m. Mary Agnes Cahill, 1873; asst. ed. Irish Republic, 1868-70; ed. staff New York Herald to 1883; mng. ed. NY Morning Journal to 1895; ed. NY Herald in 1904; ed. Criterion, 1898-1900; Robert Emmet, trag. (1888); Malmorda, a Metrical Romance (1893); other plays; first poem in John O’Leary’s Irish People. JMC.

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References
Justin McCarthy, ed., Irish Literature (Washington: Catholic Univ. of America 1904), cites him as under ‘Clarke, Joseph Ignatius Constantine’ and selects “Fore-song to Malmorda” (1893) and “The Fighting Race”.

Frank O’Connor, ed., A Book of Ireland (London: Collins 1959, & Edns.), “The Fighting Race” [‘Oh, the fighting races don’t die out / If they seldom die in bed […]’].

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Notes
‘J. I. C. Clarke wrote a ballad which, if it is not in the anthologies, has first its place to worser verse. It is about the Fighting Race [...]’ (Ellery Sedgewick, foreword to Alexander Irvine, Fighting Parson (1930), vii, 189pp,

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