BANIM, John. Anglo-Irish of the Nineteenth Century,
Correspondence, Journals, and Memoirs:
Comment by Michael Banim.
[Michael recounts a visit to John in Eastbourne, Sussex, from Aug
to Nov 1827.] […] during this time I put the last volume of
‘The Croppy’ out of my hands, reading for him every evening
the result of the day’s work, and adopting his suggestions as
I went on. // I read in MS. at the same time, the rough copy of a
tale, which he had put together between whiles and in the lapses between
his attacks of pain. This was done without the knowledge of the doctors.
[…] the tale I allude to was published the year following, under
the title of ‘The Anglo-Irish.’ It was of a dif-[193/194]ferent
character from the ‘O’Hara Tales,’ and was not announced
as proceeding from the same authors. // I cannot say how the ‘Anglo-Irish’
was received—I believe indifferently. The full power of the
writer’s mind was not brought to bear on it; unhappily, there
was a physical inability to strain the brain to its tension at the
time it was written.
Source: Patrick Joseph Murray, The Life of John Banim,
the Irish Novelist (London: William Lay, 1857), pp. 193–94.
Notes: Patrick Joseph Murray states that this comment was written
‘to us’ by Michael Banim (p. 193); it is likely that this
account of the composition of The Croppy (EN2 1828: 17) and
The Anglo-Irish of the Nineteenth Century was provided by
Michael Banim during the writing of the Life of John Banim.
Date given is the date of publication of the Life.
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