1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Maginn

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 446.



Maginn (1793-1842) the "Odoherty" of Blackwood's Magazine, from 1819-1828, was a native of Cork. He received the degree of L.L.D. in his twenty-fourth year. There was much scholarly wit and satirical power in his writings; but his literary career was irregular, and his intemperate habits made it a failure. He was often arrested, and lodged in jail. He was one of the chief supporters of Fraser's Magazine (1830), and for a time co-editor of the Standard newspaper. In 1838 he commenced a series of Homeric ballads in Blackwood's Magazine. He was also distinguished as a Shakespearian critic.