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Ireland in Fiction, ed. Stephen Brown (Dublin: Maunsel 1919); 1805-1872; went to London in 1856; Bachelor of the Albany; My Uncle the Curate; Reuben Medlicott; A Woman of Business [or the Lady and the Lawyer, 3 Vol. (1870)]. IF lists, The Falcon Family (1845); Brown characterises Savage as a witty, clever novelist, v. popular in his day; cites John Mitchel review, styling his work as an example of Irish writing calculated for the English market.
D. J. ODonoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co 1912); Marmion Wilmo [sic] Savage, b.?1805; TCD schol. 1822; BA 1824; Government post; first clerk of Council, Dublin Castle; auditor of the extern College Historical Society, 1829-30; edited The Examiner, and The Annual Register; contrib. Dublin University Magazine; second [recte ?first] wife was niece of Lady Morgan; d. Torquay, 1 May; witty, pop. novelist, The Bachelor of the Albany; The Falcon Family; Reuben Medlicott; wrote for DUM; author of the phrase Young Ireland; play in Dublin in [?1847].
Patrick Rafroidi, Irish Literature in English, The Romantic Period, 1789-1850 (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1980), Vol. 2; b. Dublin, ed. TCD; govt. post; settled London, 1856; contrib. DUM, Annual Register and The Examiner. d. Torquay. Works as IF [supra], adding Clover Cottage, adapted for stage as Nine Points of the Law, com. (1856). SEE ALSO, Rafroidi, Irish Literature in English, The Romantic Period, Vol 1 (1980), Extract from M Savage, The Falcon Family, 1845, in which the publisher of Mercury congratulates himself on a book about Ireland fabricated in Londons Irish region, with Welsh scenery, Theres a morbid happetite, just now, for personal hobservation. [206-07]
John Sutherland, The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction (Harlow: Longmans 1988); b. Dublin, son of Protestant clergy; grad. TCD 1824, Dublin Castle clerk to council; contrib. DUM; wrote the Peacockian The Falcon Family or Young Ireland (1845), satirising physical force wing of the Young Ireland movement, and criticised as a malignant libel on the people of Ireland; reprinted, with witty preface; The Bachelor of the Albany (1847), his best work, a story of commercial doings of an English firm as they affect Mr. Baker, the bachelor of the titles fashionable address; incidental satire of Oxford Movement; My Uncle the Curate (1849); Reuben Medlicott, or The Coming Man (1852); Colver Cottage (1856), novella successfully dramatised by Tom Taylor as Nine Points of the Law; The Women of Business (1870), a story of feuding over an estate between sisters-in-law, one worthy and one vulgar; his tone is light, self-consciously entertaining, and sometimes slangy. Moved to London in 1856 and ed. the Examiner after John Forster; m. twice, first to neice of Lady Morgan; d. Torquay.
Belfast Public Library holds Bachelor of the Albany (1847); Cl[o]ver Cottage (1867); The Falcon Family (1845); My Uncle the Curate (1867).
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