William Grattan Tyrone Power

Life
1797-1841; b. Waterford; actor, novels include The Lost Air (1830); also, Impressions of America (1836); lost at sea in the President 1841, returning from America John Buckstone wrote roles especially for him [note caveats about the actor and playwright-namesake]. PI DIB DIW RAF MKA OCIL

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Works
Fiction
, The Lost Heir and the Prediction (1830); [The Gipsy of the Abruzzio (1831)]; The King’s Secret [n.d.]; Impressions of America During the Years 1833-35, 2 Vol. (1836).

Plays, Married Lovers (1831); Born to Good Luck, or the Irishman’s Fortune (1832); St. Patrick’s Eve, or the Order of the Day (1832); Paddy Carrey, or the Boy of Clogheen (1833); O’Flannigan and the Fairies, unpub. (1836); Etiquette, or A Wife for a Blunder (1836); How to Pay the Rent: A One-Act Farce (1840). Miscellaneous, Impressions of America During the Years 1833, 1834, and 1835, 2 vols. (1836)

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Commentary
Robert Hogan, ed., Frank Fay’s Towards a National Theatre (Dolmen 1970), incls. note and caveat to the effect that the Tyrone Power who wrote Born to Good Luck is not the actor [of] comic Irish roles (p.110.).

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References
Stephen Brown, S.J., Guide to Books on Ireland (Dublin: Talbot 1912), cites Tyrone Power listing 12 dramatic titles; also lists Mrs S. C. Hall Groves of Blarney (1836), with Tyrone Power.

Patrick Rafroidi, Irish Literature in English: The Romantic Period, 1789-1850 (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1980), lists prose works, The Lost Heir and the Prediction (1830); [The Gipsy of the Abruzzio (1831)]; The King’s Secret [n.d.]; Impressions of America During the Years 1833-35, 2 Vol. (1836). Also plays, Married Lovers (1831); Born to Good Luck, or the Irishman’s Fortune (1832); St. Patrick’s Eve, or the Order of the Day (1832); Paddy Carrey, or the Boy of Clogheen (1833); O’Flannigan and the Fairies, unpub. (1836); Etiquette, or A Wife for a Blunder (1836); How to Pay the Rent, one act farce (1840). [But note following caveat.]

Brian McKenna, Irish Literature, 1800-1875: A Guide to Information Sources (Detroit: Gale Research Co. 1978), cites John W. Cole [Calcraft] ‘Tyrone Power, a Biography’, in Dublin University Magazine, 40 (1852); Michael Cavanagh, ‘Irish Celebrities, Tyrone Power’, in Celtic Monthly, 2 (1879). [Works, as supra.].

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Notes
Portrait: William Grattan Tyrone Power by John Simpson, lent by Sir Tyrone Guthrie; see Anne Crookshank, Irish Portraits Exhibition, Ulster Mus. 1965); see also also lithograph of 1839 made by A D’Orsay (rep. in, Brian de Breffny, ed., Ireland: A Cultural Encyclopaedia (London: Thames & Hudson 1982, p.200).

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