1926-1958; b. Dundalk, Co. Louth; worked Civil Service; plays include Song of the Parakeet (1947; Radio Éireann drama prize), House Under Green Shadows (Abbey 1951), and a dream fantasy, Aisling
(37 Theatre Club, 1953; revived by Gate, 1958, and published 1959); Liam
Miller, who wrote prefaces to his published plays, considers that the
theatre lost an imaginative dramatist of the first rank with
his early death in a road accident, falling off his bike, he died of asphyxia
when his teeth went down his throat, 12. Nov.; Hugh Leonard referred to
Meldon a fourth play, unplayed and unpublished; his widow, Barbara (b.1938),
married the actor Frank Kelly; she produced Aisling in 1953. DIW
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Purple Path to the Poppy Field, in New World Writing:
Fifth Mentor Selection (NY: New American Library 1954); Aisling
[37 Theatre Club 1953] (Dublin: Progress House 1959); House Under Green
Shadows (Dublin: Progress House 1962).
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Robert Hogan, ed., Dictionary of Irish Literature (Dublin:
Gill & Macmillan 1979), judges that the of his work reminiscent of
Gerald MacNamara; uses allusions to and parodies of various styles of
Irish writing; cites Aisling (1953) as unduly neglected; called
by Hugh Leonard, probably our most neglected author.
Robert Hogan, ed., Seven
Irish Plays, Introduction (Minnesota UP 1967), cites Song
of the Parakeet, a Radio Éireann prize-winning play of 1950;
also House under Green Shadow (Abbey, Feb. 1951).