William Lecky (346 words)

Mark Nixon (University of Reading)
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Born in 1838 in County Dublin to a very wealthy father of Scottish roots and an English mother, William Lecky's outlook was British and European, although he always considered himself an Irishman. Under the early influence of positivism, he turned from a suggested career in the church to law, but never practised despite being called to the Bar. He began his literary career as a poet, publishing under the name of 'Hibernicus' in 1859. His next two books of contemporary history were published anonymously, but his fourth book was published under his name – and was an instant success. This book, The History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe (1865), when coupled with its natural associate, his

Citation: Nixon, Mark. "William Lecky". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2663, accessed 21 September 2020.]

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