George H. Jessop

?1850-1915?; ed TCD. Popular playwright and novelist, works incl. Where the Shamocks Grow (1911); contrib. Kottabos; emigrated to US 1873; Shamus O’Brien (1896), a romantic Irish opera with music by by Stanford had a long run in London; d. London 1915. Justin McCarthy, Irish Lit., gives ‘Boycotted’, extract from The Emergency Men. JMC PI IF DIW SUTH

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D. J. O’Donoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co 1912), lists Shamus O’Brien, a rom. Irish opera, mus. by Stanford (London 1896).

Ireland in Fiction, ed. Stephen Brown (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), lists Gerald French’s Friends (1889); Where the Shamrock Grows (1911); Desmond O’Connor (1914).

John Sutherland, The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction (Harlow: Longmans 1988); ?1850-1915; b. Ireland, went to USA in 1873; wrote some successful plays and returned at some point to London, d. Hampstead and received into Catholic Church; novels incl. Check and Counter Check (1888); Judge Lynch, A Tale of the Californian Vineyards (1889); Gerald Ffrench’s Friends (1889), linked stories, the hero being an Irsh emigrant to San Francisco in the 1870s. BL 7.

Belfast Public Library holds Desmond O’Connor; Gerald French’s Friends; Where the Shamrocks Grow.

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