ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Maginn

(1793-1842)


The son of a schoolmaster, William Maginn was born in Cork and attended Trinity College Dublin (B.A. 1811, LL.D. 1819). In Edinburgh he contributed to Blackwood's (1821-23) and in London to Fraser's, writing for the Tories and trying to avoid his creditors. He wrote under the pseudonyms "Morgan O'Doherty," "M. O'D.," "R.T.S.," "Olinthus Petre, D.D.," "Rev. E. Hincks, F.T.C.D.," "Morty Macnamara Mulligan," "Philip Forager," "Richard Dowden," "Wm. Holt," "An Irish Gentleman lately deceased," "Bob Buller," Giles Middleswitch," "Thomas Jennings, Soda Water Manufacturer," "R.F.P," "Augustinus," "P.T.T.," "Blaize Fitztravesty, Esq.," etc.


TEXT RECORDS:

1820Letter from Lord Byron, enclosing the Commencement of Childe Daniel.
1821Elegy on my Tom Cat.
1821Ode on the King's Landing in Ireland, Twelfth August, MDCCCXXI.
1822[Untitled, "So the Public at length is beginning to tire on."]
1823Ode on a May Morning, MDCCCXXIII. By Odoherty.
1824Batrachomyomachia.

PUBLICATIONS:

Whitehall: or the days of George IV. 1827.
Memoirs of Vicoq [trans.] 4 vols, 1828-29.
Magazine miscellanies. 1841.
The noctes ambrosianae of Blackwood [contributor]. 4 vols, 1843.
John Manesty, the Liverpool merchant. 2 vols, 1844.
Maxims of Sir Morgan O'Doherty. 1849.
Homeric ballads; with translations and notes. 1850.
Miscellaneous writings, ed. R. Shelton Mackenzie. 5 vols, 1855-57.
Jochonam in the city of the demons. 1856.
Shakespeare papers: pictures grave and gay. 1859.
Noctes Ambrosianae. 1866, etc.
A gallery of illustrious literary characters (1830-38), ed. W. Bates. 1873.
Miscellanies: prose and verse, ed. R. W. Montagu. 2 vols, 1885.
Ten tales. 1933.