John Francis Waller

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John Francis Waller (1810–1894) was an Irish poet and editor.

Life[edit]

He was born at Limerick, educated at Trinity College, Dublin and was called to the Irish Bar in 1833. He held the position of vice-president of the Royal Irish Academy and was appointed Registrar of the Rolls Court in 1867.[1]

Works[edit]

Waller became a contributor to and ultimately editor of the Dublin University Magazine, usually writing under the pseudonym of "Jonathan Freke Slingsby".[1][2] He also edited the Imperial Dictionary of Universal Biography.[3]

He published several volumes of poems and also wrote popular songs, including Cushla Ma Chree, The Spinning Wheel and Song of the Glass.[1] Many of his odes and poems were set to music by Irish composers, Robert Prescott Stewart being particularly fond of his works. He was responsible for the explanatory notes and a life of the author in a new edition of "Gulliver's Travels" written by Dean Jonathan Swift.

Selected works[edit]

  • Ravenscroft Hall (1852)
  • The Dead Bridal (1856)
  • Peter Brown (1872)
  • Gulliver's Travels (1864 - editor)
  • Goldsmith's Works (1864/65 - editor)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Boylan, Henry (1998). A Dictionary of Irish Biography, 3rd Edition. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. p. 438. ISBN 0-7171-2945-4. 
  2. ^ Cousin, John William (1910). "Wikisource link to Waller, John Francis". A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Wikisource
  3. ^ Charles Dudley Warner (1 January 2008). A Library of the World's Best Literature - Ancient and Modern - Vol.XLIII (Forty-Five Volumes); Dictionary of Authors (K-Z). Cosimo, Inc. p. 558. ISBN 978-1-60520-250-1.