Dominick Kelly (1616 words)

Ian Campbell Ross (Trinity College Dublin )
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The poet and novelist Dominick Kelly all but disappeared from literary history after his death in 1806, though a number of his works survived him, being reprinted, sometimes more than once, under the names of quite different writers. A native of the west of Ireland, the Roman Catholic Kelly studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh in the 1750s and, most likely, continued his studies at a continental university at the beginning of the 1760s. It was during his student days that he published his first poem, “Miss Polly Roe, of Galway”, in The Edinburgh Magazine (1758). When the London newspaper, Lloyd’s Evening Post and British Chronicle, published a poem Kelly thought a “…

Citation: Ross, Ian Campbell. "Dominick Kelly". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 December 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14493, accessed 14 August 2020.]

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