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Percy Fitzgerald

Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald

Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald (1834 - 1925) was an Anglo-Irish author and critic, painter and sculptor. He was born in Ireland at Fane Valley, County Louth, educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, and at Trinity College, Dublin. He was called to the Irish bar and was for a time crown prosecutor on the northeastern circuit.

After moving to London, he became a contributor to Charles Dickens's magazine, Household Words, and later dramatic critic for the Observer and the Whitehall Review. Among his many writings are numerous biographies and works relating to the history of the theatre. He wrote:

  • Life of Sterne (1864)
  • Charles Lamb (1866)
  • Life of David Garrick (1868)
  • Life of George IV (1881)
  • The Kembles; Life of William IV (1884)
  • Lives of the Sheridans (1886)
  • The Book Fancier (1887)
  • Life of James Boswell (of Auchinleck) with an Account of His Sayings, Doings, and Writings (1891)
  • Henry Irving: A Record of Twenty Years at the Lyceum (1893)
  • Savoy Opera: The Operas of Gilbert & Sillivan (1894)
  • Boswell's Autobiography (1912)
  • The Romance of the English Stage (1874)
  • A New History of the English Stage (1882)
  • Memories of Charles Dickens (1914)
  • Worldlyman (1914)
  • Memoirs of an Author (London, 1895)
  • A Critical Examination of Dr G. Birkbeck Hill's "Johnsonian" Editions (1898)

In 1900 he completed a bust of his friend Charles Dickens, which can be seen in the Pump Room in Bath. In 1910 he created a statue of (Photo)

He is buried at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

External links

  • Internet Archive
  • Project Gutenberg
  • WorldCat catalog)


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