Naomi Jacob

Life
1889-?; b. Ripon, Yorkshire; ed. Middlesborough High School; teacher and suffragette; successful actress, London; author of several works in ‘Me’ autobiog. series; also two plays; popular novels incl. Jacob Ussher; Honour’s a Mistress; The Gollantz Saga; Mary of Delight; Heat of the House; Second Harvest; Morning Will Come; The Irish Boy (1955), is about Michael Kelly, the singer [q.v.]; latterly lived at Sirmione, Italy; . IF2

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References
Desmond Clarke, Ireland in Fiction: A Guide to Irish Novels, Tales, Romances and Folklore [Pt. 2] (Cork: Royal Carbery 1985), offers summary of The Irish Boy, 1955: son of Dublin wine merchant; retained gift of pure song after his voice broke; lessons from St. Georgio; meeting with Rauzzini proved turning-point in career; sang for Charles Edward (Pretender); met Casanova; close friend of Mozart, performing in his operas; creates robust and endearing Dublin of [his] childhood.

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