Arthur Murphy

(2683 words)
  • Hsin-yun Ou

Arthur Murphy engaged in most areas of the eighteenth-century writer - journalism, essays, poetry, drama, translation and biography. He edited several journals including The Gray’s Inn Journal, had nineteen of his plays performed between 1756 and 1793, translated Tacitus, and published biographies of Henry Fielding, Samuel Johnson and David Garrick. Moreover, he starred as an actor in Othello at Covent Garden, trained at Lincoln’s Inn to become a barrister, and was a copyright specialist.

Murphy was born in Ireland in December 1727, to Richard Murphy and Jane French. When he was two years old, his father, a Dublin merchant, was lost at sea when sailing to Philadelphia, America. In 1738, Murphy was …

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Ou, Hsin-yun. "Arthur Murphy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2008
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