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Henry Boylan, Dictionary of Irish Biography (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1988): 1834-1925, b. Fane Valley, Co. Louth, ed. Stonyhurst and TCD; Crown prosecutor on north-eastern circuit, then London literati; his fiction, biography, history, drama, and Catholic works run to 100 titles. He did busts of Dickens (a friend), Johnson, and Boswell.
Justin McCarthy, gen. ed., Irish Literature (Washington: University of America 1904); extract from Lives of the Sheridans; short bio-note, MA, FSA; b. Fane Valley, Co. Louth; ed. Stonyhurst Coll., Lancashire, TCD; Irish bar; Crown Prosecutor; most of his works appeared originally in All the Year Round, and Once a Week; The Lives of Sheridan; Charles Lamb his Friends, his Haunts, and his Books; Life of David Garrick; The Kembles; The Life of George IV; The Royal Dukes and Princesses of the Family of George III; Life and times of William IV; Fifty Years of Catholic Life and Progress. JMC selects Pitts enounciation was unquestionably more imposing, dignified, and sonorous; Fox displayed more argument, as well as vehemence; Sheridan as Orator [Burke possessed more fancy and enthusiasm; but Sheridan won his way by a sort of fascination.].
John Sutherland, The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction (Harlow: Longmans 1988); 1834-1935, Gilbert Dyce; b. Co. Louth, ed. Stonyhurst and TCD; Bar, and Crown Prosecutor; specialism in history of Hanoverian period; friend John Forster itroduced him to Dickens and encouraged him to write in 1856; also encouraged by Bentley; early Dickens scholarship, Memoirs of An Author, 2 vols. (1895); light novels about flirts, fops, and lovers; first novel serialised in Dublin University Magazine, was Mildrington The Barrister (1863); best-selling work, Bella Donna, or the Cross Before the Names (1864); sequels, Jenny Bell (1866), and Seventy-Five Brooke Street (1867); ran two series simultaneously (the Briarian system); 6 novels ser. in All the Year Round (1866); fiction incl. Fairy Alice (1865); The Second Mrs. Tillotson (1866); The Dear Girl (1868); Beauty Talbot (1870); The Middle Aged Lover (1873); The Parvenu Family (1876). Fatal Zero (1886), a Homburg diary, about gambling mania; 200 vols. to his name, but gave up fiction for popular 18th c. history; Recreations of a Literary Man, or Does it Pay (1882) recounts that he earned £3,000 [?p.a.] from fiction.
Belfast Public Library holds 10 titles in history and biography incl. Fifty Years of Irish Social Progress (1901); The Garrick Club (1904); John Foster (1903); Life of Mrs. Catherine Clive (1888); The Real Sheridan (1897); Narrative of ..the Confederates of 48 (1868); Pickwickian Manners and Customs (n.d.); Sheridan Whitewashed (n.d.). Also Henry Irving, A Record of Twenty Years at the Lyceum (1893)
Belfast Central Library holds The Gorgeous Lady (Lady Blessington).
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