F. F. Moore (1855-1931)


Life
[Francis Frankfort Moore; vars. 1850, 1854]; b. Limerick; son of successful jeweller; ed. Belfast Academical Institute; received friendly letter on his poems from Longfellow; joined Belfast Newsletter as journalist, 1876-1892; broke with his parents religion and admired the materialism of Tyndall; reported on Congress of Berlin and Zulu War; visited S. Africa and expressed strong feelings of contempt for native blacks in this new Eden; arts reviewr, leader-writer, and asst. editor; m. Grace Balcombe, sis. of Florence (who married Bram Stoker);
 
wrote sixty four books, mostly novels, with some plays and commentaries on Ulster; went to England in 1892, and settled at Lewes; satires of Home Rule include Diary of an Irish Cabinet Minister (1892), The Viceroy of Muldoon (1893), and The Rise and Fall of Larry O’Lannigan, J.P. (1893); produced several books a year; most successful with a play, I Forbid the Banns [1893]; Journalist’s Note Book (1894); more novels; novels, plays and poetry; Flying from Shadow, verse (1871); The Queen’s Rooms (1891), a successful play;
 
contrib. “In Belfast By the Sea”, a long newspaper series, to in Belfast Telegraph, 1923-24 - recenty reprinted by UCD Press (2007); advocated a new Unionism based on economic modernisation, and anticipated partition; d. Sussex; the British Library hold 84 novels authored by him along with other works. JMC IF DIW SUTH APPL DUB OCIL

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Works
Novels
  • Sojourners Together, A Story (1875);
  • Where the Rail Runs Now (1876);
  • Told by the Sea (1877);
  • Daireen (Smith Elder 1879);
  • The Mate of the Jessica, A Story of the South Pacific (London: Marcus Ward 1879);
  • Do., [1st single vol. edn. (London: Marcus Ward 1882) (viii), 432pp.;
  • The Mutiny on the Albatross (1885);
  • The Great Orion (1886);
  • The Fate of the Black Swan, A Tale of New Guinea (London: CTS 1885), 320pp.. ill. E. H. Overend;
  • Under Hatches (1888);
  • The Slaves of [?]Zazibo (London: CTS [1889]), 320pp.;
  • Coral and Cocoa-Nut, the Cruise of the Yacht Fire Fly to Samoa (London: CTS 1890), 379pp.;
  • The Silver Sickle (Griffith, Farrran & Co. 1891), 152pp. [really 1890 BML];
  • Sailing and Sealing, Tale of the North Pacific (London: CTS [1892]), 377pp.;
  • Daireen (1893);
  • I Forbid the Banns (1893);
  • F rom the Bush to the Breakers: A Tale (1893);
  • One For Danger, Her Story (London: Hutchinson 1894);
  • One Fair Daughter (1894);
  • Phyllis and Philister[?] (London: Hutchinson [895], viii, 368pp.;
  • They Called It Love (London: Hutchinson [1895]), 380pp.;
  • The Knoodmadhi of Ashantee (Acme Libr. 1896), 137pp.;
  • Secret of the Court, A romance of Life and Death (London: Hutchinson 1897), 277pp.;
  • The Impudent Comedian (1897);
  • The Jessamy Bride (1897);
  • The Fatal Gift (London: Hutchinson 1898), 380pp.;
  • The Conscience of Coralie (London: Pearson 1900;
  • 23nd imp. 1900), 466pp.;
  • A Nest of Linnets (London: Hutchinson 1901), 372pp., 16 ills. [on the romance of the Sheridans];
  • According to Plato (London: Hutchinson 1901), 352pp.;
  • A Damsel or Two (London: Hutchinson 1902), 384pp.;
  • Castle Omeragh (London: Constable 1903), 388pp.;
  • another ed. ill. (London: Hal Hart Daily Mail 6d. eds.);
  • Shipmates in Sunshine, A romance on the Caribbean Cruise (London: Hutchinson 1903), 346pp.;
  • Sir Roger’s Heir (London: Hodder & Stoughton [1904]), 3521pp.;
  • The Original Woman (London: Hutchinson 1904), 343pp.;
  • The Other World (London: Evelyn Nash 1904), 274pp., short stories;
  • Rachel’s Escape (London: Daily Mail Sixpenny Novels [1904]);
  • The White Causeway ([q. pub]: 1905);
  • The Artful Miss Dill (London: Hutchinson 1906);
  • The Messenger (1907);
  • Captain Latymer (London: Cassell 1908), viii+343pp. [BML 1907];
  • The Marriage Lease, Story of a Social Experiment (London: Hutchinson 1907), 326pp.;
  • The Amateur Adventuress (London: Hutchinson 1908), 340pp.;
  • The Lover and the Interloper (London: Hutchinson 1908), 344pp.;
  • A Georgian Pageant (London: Hutchinson 1908), 346pp., ill.;
  • The Fools of Love (London: Evelyn Nash 1909), 320pp.;
  • Priscilla and Charybdis, A story of Alternatives (London: Constable 1909), 343pp.;
  • The Laird of the Craig (Athol [1908];1910;1913), 308pp.;
  • Life of Goldsmith (London: Constable 1910), 492pp.;
  • The Keeper of the Robes, Life of Fanny Burney (London: Hodder & Stoughton 1911), 468pp.;
  • The Life of The Marriage of Barbara (London: Constable 1911), 378pp.;
  • The Red Man’s Secret, A Romance OF The Stage Priairie (London: Hutchinson 1912), 336pp.;
  • Fanny’s First Novel (London: Hutchinson 1913), 302pp.;
  • The Ulsterman, a story of to-Day (London: Hutchinson 1914), 323pp.;
  • A Friend Indeed (London: Hutchinson 1916) [earlier edn., 1893];
  • The Romance of a Red Cross Hospital (London: Hutchinson 1915), 331pp.;
  • The Lady of the Reef (London: Hutchinson 1915), 348pp.;
  • The Fall of Raymond (London: Hutchinson 1917), 352pp.;
  • Kathleen Mavourneen (n.d.);
  • The Courtship of Prince Charming (London: Collins [1920]), [?]235pp.;
  • The 9.15, A Novel (London: Hutchinson [1921), 288pp.;
  • Nell Gwynn, Comedian, a Novel (London: Pearson 1926), 253pp. [new rev. edn., with add. chap.;
  • shorter edn. 1900];
  • A Few Hours at Lewes, an Itinerary [non-fiction] (Farncombe 1929);
  • That Holy Kiss (London: Nash & Grayson 1928), 326pp.;
  • The Hand and Dagger (London: Nash & Grayson 1928), 304pp.;
  • Kitty Clive and Other Plays (1929);
  • Awakening of Helen (E Nash & Grayson 1929);
  • A Mixed Grill, A Medley in Retrospect [1930];
  • The Sale of a Soul (Zeitgeist Lib. [1895]), 228pp.
Miscellaneous
  • A Journalist’s Notebook (1894), memoir;
  • The Truth about Ulster (London: Evelyn Nash 1914), vi, 286pp. [after photos by Robert Welch];
  • [Short autobiography, with 33 others] in In The Days of My Youth, ed. & intro. by T. P. O'Connor (London 1901).
  • In Belfast By the Sea [prev. in Belfast Telegraph, 1923-24],. ed. Patrick Maume [“Classis of Irish History Ser.”] (Dublin: UCD Press 2007), .208pp
 
Plays, Nell Gwyn [sic BML] (1900); Oliver Goldsmith (1910); Discover and In the Queen’s Room: A Drama in Metre (London: Elkin Mathews [1910]). Also an unpublished verse play in four acts, The Mayflower (1892).
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Criticism
Patrick Maume, ‘Ulster Men of Letters: The Unionism of Frank Frankfort Moore, Shayn Bullock, and St John Ervine’, in Richard English and Graham Walker, ed., Unionism in Modern Ireland: New Perspectives on Politics and Culture (Basingstoke: Macmillan 1996), pp.63-80, espec. pp.64-66.

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Commentary
Peter Kavanagh, The Irish Theatre (Tralee: The Kerryman 1946), Francis Frankfort Moore b. 1854; The Queen’s Room, one act verse (1891); The Mayflower, four acts verse, 1892, unpublished; Oliver Goldsmith, one act (Th. Royal, Limerick; Gaiety Th., Dublin 8 July 1892).

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Jonathan Bardon, A History of Ulster (Belfast: Blackstaff 1992), Frankfort Moore remembered ‘a warm interchange of opinion on a basis of basalt’ and other details of Belfast rioting, Aug 1857. Acc. him, the riots of 1864 were ‘due to the importation the previous year of some hundreds - perhaps thousands - of navvies to dig a new dock … The balance of the fighting power among the belligerent classes was thereby disturbed.’ (F. Frankfort Moore, the Truth about Ulster, Lon 1914). [349] And note, Moore one of the journalists who got the news by electric telegraph that the ‘unspeakable nationalists’ were beaten in the House by the defection of some liberals [380] NOTE that Moore’s ‘warm exchange on the basis of basalt is also quoted - priorly - in A. T. Q. Stewart, The Narrow Ground (1977), as copied in Patricia Craig’s anthology, The Rattle of the North (1992); Moore goes on to note the way in which ‘pavers’ were laid up in stores to throw at the ill-fated Tommies sent to quell the riots [p.56].

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Quotations
‘It is better to be separated from the rest of Ireland than from Great Brtiain. That great Irishman, Oliver Goldsmith, wrote the allegory of the mad dog, and it may be applied to the situation. … Sir James Craig will, I am sure, prove the Pasteur of the Province.’ (‘In Belfast’ [series of articles], Pt. 22, 4 Feb. 1924; cited in Maume, 1996, p.66.

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References
Justin McCarthy, gen. ed., Irish Literature (Washington: Catholic Univ. of America 1904), gives extract from The Jessamy Bride.

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Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction [Pt. I] (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), b. Limerick 1855, brought up in Belfast; staff of Belfast Newsletter, see Journalist’s Notebook (1894); first novel, I Forbid the Banns; IF lists, Daireen [2 vols.] (Smith Elder, 1893; Collins 1910; Hutchinson n.d.) [run-down Anglo-Irish gentry; neighbouring Standish Macnamara in love with Daireen Gerald, plot partly set in S. Africa]; The Jessamy Bride (Hutchinson/NY: Fenno 1897) [on Goldsmith’s last years]; Castle Omeragh (London: Constable; NY: Appleton 1903) [west of Ireland, time of Cromwell]; The Original Woman (Hutchinson 1904), 343pp. [modern woman reverts to original type in life-decision; Galway, later scenes in Martinique, with voodoo]; Captain Latymer (Cassell 1908) [sequel to Castle Omeragh, in which Fawcett is condemned by Cromwell to West Indies, escapes with dg. of Hugh O’Neill, nephew of Owen Roe]; The Ulsterman, a story of to-Day (Hutchinson 1914), 323pp. [son of bigotted Ulster mill owner marries Catholic girl]; The Lady of the Reef (Hutchinson 1915), 348pp. [English artist in Paris inherits property in Co. Down, and finds Ulster v. puzzling]; A Friend Indeed (Hutchinson 1916), 336pp. [two in love with one girl, Harold Escott secure love of girl for other, Tom Melling, by securing him from consequence a theft; girl finally united to truer man].

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Patrick Rafroidi, Irish Literature in English, The Romantic Period, Vol. 2 (Gerrards Cross 1980), p.340, A Nest of Linnets, by F. F. Moore, is an account of R. B. Sheridan’s elopement with Elizabeth Linley.

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John Sutherland, The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction (Longmans 1988; rep. 1989), notes that his first work was a volume of verse published in 1872; spent 16 yrs on Belfast Newsletter; travelled widely as journalist, worked on London newspapers 1876-92; successful plays; twice married; many novels. His early novels deal with sea and fragrant young maids. Major success later with I Forbid the Banns (1893) and The Jessamy Bride (1897), the latter being an 18th c. historical romance with Johnson, Goldsmith, Burke, Boswell, Reynolds, and Garrick; earlier novels incl. Sojourners Together (1875); The Mate of the Jessica (1879), set in the South Pacific; The Mutiny on the Albatross (SPCK 1885); The Great Orion (1886); Under Hatches (1888); From the Bush to the Breakers (1893), Australian [?escape] tale; One Fair Daughter (1894); Nell Gwyn [sic] (1900); According to Plato (1901); also some interesting Irish novels late in life, incl. The Ulsterman (1914). BL 64.

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Library Catalogues
Belfast Central Public Library holds The Artful Miss Dill (1906); Awakening of Helen (1929); Castle Omeragh (1903); Daireen (n.d.); A Damsel or Two (1902); Discover and In the Queen’s Room (1910); Fanny’s First Novel (1913); The Fatal Gift (1898); The Impudent Comedian (1897); A Journalist’s Notebook (1894); Kathleen Mavourneen (n.d.); The Keeper of the Robes (n.d.); Kitty Clive and other plays (1929); The Life of Oliver Goldsmith (1910); The Marriage of Barbara (1911); The Messenger (1907); The Original Woman (1904); The Romance of a Red Cross Hospital (1915); The Sale of a Soul (n.d.); Shipmates in Sunshine (1903); The Silver Sickle (1891); Sojourners Together (1875); That Holy Kiss (1928); Told by the Sea (1877); The Truth about Ulster (1914); The Ulsterman (1914); Where the Rail Runs Now (1876); The White Causeway (1905).

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Booksellers
Richard Beaton (Lewes, S. Sussex), lists first editions:-

A Damsel or Two ( London, Hutchinson & Co. 1902)
Sir Roger's Heir
(London, Hodder & Stoughton 1904)
The Food of Love
(London, Eveleigh Nash 1909)
A Nest of Linnets
( London, Hutchinson & Co. 1901)
Castle Omeragh
(London, Archibald Constable. 1903)
The Millionaires
(London, Hutchinson & Co. 1898)
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—accessed 31.08.2011.

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