Ellen Mary Clerke

Life
1842-1902 [var. 1906]; b. Skibbereen, Co. Kerry, 26 Sept.; dg. John William Clerke, and former Miss Deasey, sister of Justice Deasy [sic]; younger s. of Agnes Mary, a foremost European astronomer and non-fiction writer; family moved to Dublin, 1861, then Queenstown, 1863; travelled aboard to Rome, Naples, Florence, in winters from 1867-1876; translator of Italian; versified translations for Dr. Garnett’s History of Italian Literature; articles in German and Arabic; member Manchester Geog. Soc.; contrib. to their journal; articles also in Observatory, Vol. XV includes Arabic; wrote weekly leader for The Tablet; poetical works incl. The Flying Dutchman (1881), Flames of Fire (1902); also wrote in Italian and German; d. 2 Mar., London. PI DIW

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Works
The Flying Dutchman and Other Poems (London: Satchell & Co. 1881), another ed. (1882); Jupiter and His System (London: Edward Stanford 1892); translations of poetry in R. Garnett, History of Italian Literature (London: Hutchinson 1902); Fable and Song in Italy (London: Grant Richards 1899); Flowers of Fire (London: Hutchinson 1902). COMM, Agnes Mary Clerke and Ellen Mary Clerke, an Appreciation, by Lady Huggins;

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References
D. J. O’Donoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co 1912); many poems in Catholic anthologies such as Shipley’s Carmina Mariana; The Flying Dutchman and other poems (London 1881); her translations from Italian are in Dr. R. Garnett’s History of Italian Literature; published Fable and Song in Italy (1899); died 1906.

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