Bibliography of Nineteenth-Century Irish Literature

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English-Language Authors

William Allingham (1824-1889)

Edmund John Armstrong (1841-1865)

George Francis Armstrong (1845-1906) a.k.a. George Francis Savage-Armstrong

John Banim & Michael Banim (John [1798-1842] and Michael [1796-1874]) Note:  Much of the Banims' work was collaborative, often under the name, "the O'Hara Family," so distinguishing who wrote what is often difficult, especially given the varying degrees of collaboration.  Usual attributions are given below in parentheses.  The matter is further complicated by the republishing of some texts, or fragments of texts, under different titles.  Many of the novels were reissued in later years with notes and introductions by Michael Banim.

Michael John Barry (1817-1889)

Isaac Bickerstaffe (1735-1812) (variant spelling: Bickerstaff)

Dionysius Lardner Boucicault (previously Bourcicault) (1820-1890)  Note:  Dion Boucicault wrote about 200 plays, many of which were reworked versions or selections from previous plays; the list here is limited to plays first published during his lifetime.  For more information about his plays and their production, see, for instance, the Victorian Web's List of Dion Boucicault's Major Works.

George Brittaine (1790-1847)

Patrick Brontë (1777-1861)

Charlotte Brooke (1740-1793)

William Carleton (1794-1869)

Lady Clarke (Olivia Owenson, sister of Lady Morgan; c. 1785-1845)

John Corry (c. 1770-c. 1830)

Thomas Osborne Davis (1814-1845)

Thomas Dermody (1775-1802)

Aubrey De Vere (1788-1846)

Aubrey Thomas De Vere (1814-1902)

Kenelm Henry Digby (1800-1880)

William Drennan (1754-1820)

William Hamilton Drummond (1778-1865)

Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849)

With her father, R. L. Edgeworth (1744-1817):

Samuel Ferguson (1810-1886)

Anna Maria Fielding (1800-1881) a.k.a. Mrs. S. C. Hall or Anna Maria Hall

Eva Gore-Booth (1870-1926) (sister of Constance Gore-Booth, Countess Markievicz)

Alfred Perceval Graves (1846-1931)

Gerald Griffin (1803-1840)

Lawrence Hynes Halloran (1766-1831)

Elizabeth Hardy (1794-1854)

Julia Kavanagh (1824-1877)

Charles Kickham (1826-1882)

Mary Leadbeater (1758-1826)

Alicia Lefanu ("Mrs."; 1753-1817)

Alicia Lefanu ("Miss"; 1791- ?); the niece of "Mrs." Alicia Lefanu and daughter of Elizabeth Lefanu

Elizabeth Lefanu (1758-1837)

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873)

Rev. Philip Lefanu (1735-1795)

Charles James Lever (1806-1872)

Samuel Lover (1797-1868)

Edward Lysaght (1763-1811)

Denis Florence MacCarthy (or M'Carthy) (1817-1882)

John MacCreery (1768-1832)

James Clarence Mangan (1803-1849)

Harriet Letitia Martin (1801-1891)

Charles Robert Maturin (1782-1824); often used the pseudonym, "Dennis Jasper Murphy"

Thomas D'Arcy McGee (1825-1868)

Thomas Moore (1779-1852); used a variety of pseudonyms, esp. "Thomas Brown the Younger"

Lady Morgan (see Sydney Owenson)

Caroline Norton (1808-1877) a.k.a. Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Sheridan

Adelaide O'Keeffe (1776-1855)

John O'Keeffe (1747-1833; various printings of individual songs, collections of airs from his plays, etc. not included)

James Orr (1770-1816)

Sydney Owenson (1783-1859) a.k.a. Sidney Owenson, Lady Morgan, Sydney Morgan, and Sidney, Lady Morgan

Paddy's Resource, Being a Select Collection of Original Patriotic Songs for the Use of the People of Ireland (1796)

Rev. James Porter (1753-1798); Porter typically published anonymously: how much of his work has yet to be attributed to him, and how much has been incorrectly attributed to him, remain questions.

Marguerite Power, Countess of Blessington (1789-1849)

Regina Maria Roche (1764-1845) a.k.a. Regina M. Dalton

Elizabeth Ryves (1750-1797)

Francis Barry Boyle Saint Leger (1799-1829)

Marmion W. Savage (1803-1872)

Dora Sigerson (1866-1918) a.k.a. Dora Sigerson Shorter

Bram Stoker (1847-1912) (note:   Stoker's work was frequently re-issued in abridged and revised forms; only first publications are listed here)

Mary Tighe (1772-1810)

Katharine Tynan (1861-1931) a.k.a. Katharine Hinkson or Mrs. H. A. Hinkson

Lady Jane Wilde (1821-1896) a.k.a. Speranza

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


Irish-language Authors

N.B.  Much Irish-language work of the period, for various cultural as well as economic reasons, circulated orally or in manuscript form, and so cannot be decisively dated.  Common anglicizations of names are given parenthetically; the Irish form of Merriman's name is not known, and is in dispute.

Brian Merriman  (c. 1749-1805)

Eibhlín Dhubh ní Chonaill (Eileen O'Connell; c. 1745-?)

Antoine Ó Reachtabhra (Anthony Raftery, 1784-1835)


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Last updated on 28 March 2017 by Julia M. Wright.