James Franklin Fuller
1835-1924; b. [Denniquinn] Sneem, Co. Kerry; actor, architect; and novelist, Culmshire Folk (1873); also Omniana: The Autobiography of an
Irish Octogenarian (1916). IF DIW DIL2
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Culmshire Folk, by Ignotus (London: Hentry S. King 1876 [var. Macmillan
1872); John Orlebar, Clk (London: Smith, Elder 1878); Chronicles
of Westerley, a Provincial Sketch (Edinburgh: W. Blackwood 1872);
Omniana: The Autobiography of an Irish Octogenarian (London: Smith,
Elder; NY: E. P. Dutton 1916).
Ireland in Fiction, ed. Stephen Brown (Dublin: Maunsel 1919);
pseud. Ignotus; b. nr. Sneem, Co. Kerry; Architect to the
Eccles. Commissioners, travelled through Ireland. In childhood, a friend
of Father Walsh, the orig. of Graves Father OFlynn.
Culmshire Folk is Irish only to the degree that the hero, Sidney Bateman,
makes a return to the ancestral castle of Rathvarney in the wilds of Kerry,
where Leveresque characters and Fr. Walsh are described; also John
Orlebar, Clerk (1878), concerning the villainy of an attorney regarding
inheritances, the action is also set in Rathvarney in the 18690s; depicts
squalor, but not without sympathy.
Whelan Cat. lists J. F. Fuller, Omniana,
The Autobiography of an Irish Octogenarian (Jarrolds n.d.).
Belfast Public Library lists
I. J. F. Fuller, and holds Culmshire Folk; Chronicle of Westerly (1903);
Dr. Quodlibet (1894); Omniana (1916).
Omniana is also cited as a source of Irish Theatre, but anonymously,
in Sheldon (Thomas Sheridan, 1967), or Stockwell (Theatre Customs). Irish Book Lover, vol. 7, contains notice that says that he enjoyed
the highest fame with his early novels