Thomas William Lyster

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Thomas William Lyster (1855-1922) was director of the National Library of Ireland in Dublin between 1895 and his retirement in 1920.[1][2]

Lyster joined the library in 1878 and was appointed as its director in 1895. He was also a scholar who translated Düntzer’s Life of Goethe in 1883 and edited a poetry schoolbook, the Intermediate School Anthology.[2]

Although a member of the Church of Ireland, he was used by James Joyce as the model for a "quaker librarian" in his novel Ulysses. An whimsical account of him is given in Oliver St John Gogarty's As I was Going down Sackville Street when Gogarty visits the national library.[3] In this book Lyster is very solicitous of the various needs of the readers in the library.


  • 1883: Heinrich Düntzer’s Life of Goethe. London: Macmillan & Co. (translation)
  • A series of volumes called English Poems for Young Students (editor)
  • 1893: Select Poetry for Young Students; 2nd ed
  • Intermediate School Anthology


  1. ^ "Thomas Lyster". Ricorso. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Directors of the Library". National Library of Ireland. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  3. ^ Gogarty, O. St J. (1954) As I was Going down Sackville Street. Harmondsworth: Penguin; ch. 1