Francis Sylvester Mahony

(1804—1866) satiric poet and journalist

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best known by his pseudonym Father Prout, a Jesuit priest who left the order for a career as a journalist and poet. He contributed many lively papers and poems to Fraser's Magazine (later collected as The Reliques of Father Prout, 1836) and Bentley's Miscellany. These included translations from Horace, Béranger, Hugo, etc., and, interspersed amongst them, mystifications in the form of invented ‘originals’ in French, Latin, and Greek for well known poems by T. Moore, C. Wolfe, and others.

Subjects: Literature.

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