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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Gerald Griffin (1803–1840)

Griffin, Gerald. An Irish novelist, dramatist, and poet; born at Limerick, Dec. 12, 1803; died at Cork, June 12, 1840. In 1823 he went to London and embarked upon a literary career. His first success in fiction was ‘Holland Tide; or Munster Popular Tales’ (1827), a series of short stories. ‘Tales of the Munster Festivals’ (1827) also became speedily popular, and ‘The Collegians’ (1829), a second series of the former, still further increased his reputation; on it Dion Boucicault founded his well-known play ‘The Colleen Bawn.’ Among his other works are: ‘Tales Illustrative of the Five Senses’ (1830); ‘The Invasion’ (1832), a historical novel; ‘Tales of my Neighborhood’ (1835); ‘Gisippus, or the Forgotten Friend,’ a tragedy; and many spirited lyrics. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).