Dion Boucicault

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  • Deirdre McFeely (Trinity College Dublin )

Dion Boucicault was born Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot in Dublin, Ireland, the fifth child of Samuel Smith Boursiquot and Anne Darley. Samuel, a Dublin wine merchant of Huguenot extraction, was forty-four when he married the eighteen-year old Anne in 1813. Her Irish Protestant family was distantly related to the wealthy Guinness brewing family, and her brothers, George Darley, a poet, and the Reverend Charles Darley, the first Professor of English Literature at Queen’s College, Cork, were both minor playwrights from whom Boucicault claimed to have inherited his literary talent. Samuel Boursiquot was under severe financial and personal strain by the time of his son’s birth in December 1820. As the marriage deteriorated, Anne …

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McFeely, Deirdre. "Dion Boucicault". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 November 2006
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=500, accessed 26 November 2015.]

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