George Eric Mackay (1851-1898) was an English minor poet, now remembered as the sponging half-brother of Marie Corelli, the best-selling novelist. Mackay and Corelli, born Mary Mackay, were the children of Charles Mackay, by different mothers (Mary was illegitimate, with Charles marrying her mother subsequently).
As a poet he is described as "execrable", and reliant on Corelli's promotion of his works. Mackay achieved some reputation in his time for Letters of a Violinist (1886). It sold 35,000 copies; he repaid Corelli's efforts by implying he wrote her novels.
A 1940 biography of Corelli, George Bullock's Marie Corelli: The Life and Death of a Best-Seller, hinted that the relationship was incestuous; this has generally been discounted, though Eric's laziness and lack of scruples are acknowledged. This was an old rumour, attributed to Edmund Gosse.
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- New York Times obituary, 1898
- Charles Mackay - LoveToKnow 1911
- Marie Corelli Collection | Special Collections | Bryn Mawr College Library
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- Philip J. Waller, Writers, Readers, And Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918 (2006), p. 467.
- Marie Corelli and her Occult Tales