John Hackett Pollock

Life
1887-1964; [J. H. Hackett; invariable pseud. ‘An Philibin’]; b. Dublin; ed. CBS; Catholic University School (Marist Fathers) and UCD (Royal and National); MD and pathologist in Richmond St.; briefly entered monastery; resumed work for Dublin hospitals, Cork St. Fever Hosp. and Mercer’s, and reappointed to Richmond St.; fnd. member Gate; all works published under pseudonym [as above]. Plays include The Fourth Wise Man (n.d.); Poetry, Athens Aflame (n.d.); The Secret Altar (n.d.); Tristram and Iseult; Grass of Parnassus; also Lost Nightingale (1951), novel, on John Dowland in Ireland; et al.; other novels include The Valley of the Wild Swans (1932); Peter and Paul (1933); The Moth and the Star (1937); Mount Kestrel (1945), fantasy with interwoven stories of Phillip II and the Armada; also William Butler Yeats (1935); d. Dublin. DIW DIB IF2.

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Works
Short stories
, Irish Ironies (Dublin: Talbot Press 1930). Novels, The Valley of the Wild Swans (Dublin: Talbot Press 1932); Peter and Paul (Dublin: Talbot Press 1933); The Moth and the Star (Dublin: Talbot Press 1937); Mount Kestrel (Dublin: Gill 1945); The Last Nightingale (Belfast: H. R. Carter 1952); Miscellaneous, William Butler Yeats [Famous Irish Lives Ser.] (Dublin: Talbot Press 1935). Bibl., The Secret Altar (Dublin: Lester n.d.), 24pp. [ltd.edn. 500].

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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), cites A Tale of Thules (Dublin: Talbot n.d.) [wild tale of Scandanavian Scotland] ; The Valley of Star. IF2 lists Smoking Flax (London: Martin Lester 1922), four stories [one set in Ireland, concerns boy who finds island with ancient church and fort; dies in storm under influence of pagan fort]; Irish Ironies (Talbot 1930), eight short stories [set in Dublin, melancholy and ironic]; The Desire of the World (Three Candles 1932), formerly printed as The Wisdom of the World (1919), brief mystic tales [poetic language, with St Columcille in ‘The Crane’, another in Glendalough, another based on Children of Lir]; The Valley of the Wild Swans (Talbot 1932), novel [about Hugh Tobin, of mixed parents, raised St. Stephen’s Green and Killiney, TB, travels to W. Donegal, meets Maeve dg. Belfast painter, blighted by Great War and Rising]; Peter and Paul (Talbot 1933), novel [twins, ed. respectively at TCD and UCD; Paul has doubts about the nationalism of his friend Dermot O’Byrne; brothers’ lives tragically disrupted by war and Easter Rising]; The Moth and the Star (Talbot 1937), novel [the story of Amelia Curran, dg., John Philipot and Shelley, respectively the m. and s. of the title]; Mount Kestrel (Gill 1945), novel [set on Kerry coast; narrator, having nervous breakdown, tells stories of Armada; visits monastery and mansion of Pearse ?Ferriter; features Casement landing; encounter with gipsy, and mysterious dagger]; The Last Nightingale (Belfast: H R Carter 1951), novel [days of Elizabeth I, colonist Buckley and his wife, who dislikes Ireland but finds some relief in company of John Downland, of Colesmore, Dalkey Sound; chars. incl. Raleigh, Spenser, Wingfield, et al.].

Hyland Books (Cat. 224) lists The Wisdom of the World [1st edn.] (Three Candles: 1919), ills.; Athens Aflame (1st edn. n.d.) [ltd. edn. 350]

Belfast Central Library holds An P[h]ilibin [J. H. Pollock], Athens Aflame (n.d.); Irish Ironies (1930); Mount Kestrel (1945); Sun-child (1925); Tale of Thule, together with some poems (n.d.); Tristram and Iseult (1924); also under Pollock, J. H., Hills of Dublin (1917); Books in the House (1907); The Lost Nightingale (n.d.); The Valley of the Wild Swans (n.d.); William Butler Yeats (1935).

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Notes
Kith & Kin: Poss. relation of J. Pollock, author of Address to the Dublin Lit. and Hist. Soc., 5 Jun 1832, by J Pollock, Pres. of the Society (Dublin: P. Dixon Hardy, Cecilia St. 1832), 16pp. (Library of Herbert Bell).

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