Justin McCarthy was born in Cork in 1830; he attended a private school in that town, and then began work at the Cork Examiner; however, it was on arrival in England in 1854 that his literary career began. By 1864 he was the editor of the Morning Star and a friend of the likes of John Bright and John Stuart Mill. After a brief journalistic career in the USA, he returned to England, where he became a regular contributor to most of the leading journals of the time and leader-writer for the Daily News. He had moderate success as a novelist; although fairly well-regarded at the time, even his better novels such as Dear Lady Disdain (1875) and Miss Misanthrope (1878) today only retain interest as curiosities.…
Nixon, Mark. "Justin McCarthy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002; last revised 30 November -1.
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