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Papers of Denis Florence MacCarthy

Call Number: MS P394


Papers of 19th century Irish author Denis Florence MacCarthy, including draft poems and translations, notes about Irish history and from research MacCarthy appeared to be conducting, as well as a diary for the year 1877, financial accounts, and other miscellaneous items.


  • 1811 - 1881


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Biography of Denis Florence MacCarthy

Denis Florence MacCarthy was born in Dublin in 1817 and began publishing verse in 1834. He was married by 1853 and had 9 children (including John, Mary Stanislaus, Florence Edward, Brendan, William, Lillie, and Josephine) of whom John, Mary, and another survived.

In 1864 MacCarthy left Ireland and after traveling on the Continent settled in London. He spent the last few months of his life in Ireland, and died at Blackrock, near Dublin, on April 7, 1882.

MacCarthy was a poet, essayist, translator, and politician; he moved in literary circles. His translations of Calderon won him praise by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the medal of the Royal Academy of Spain in 1881. In politics he followed Daniel O'Connell.

His son Florence apparently had a literary and scholarly bent. He entered St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School but died, aged 24, in 1880.

MacCarthy's publications in book form:

  1. 1846. edited Poets and dramatists of Ireland.
  2. 1846. edited Book of Irish ballads (& subsequent editions).
  3. 1848. translated Calderon's Justina.
  4. 1850. Ballads, poems & lyrics.
  5. 1853. translated Calderon's Dramas (2 vol).
  6. 1856. Ode on the death of the Earl of Belfast.
  7. 1857. The bell-founder and other poems.
  8. 1857. Under-glimpses and other poems.
  9. 1858. Irish legends and lyrics, with poems...
  10. 1861. translated Calderon's Love, the greatest enchantment.
  11. 1863. paper on Memoires...par le marques de Villars.
  12. 1867. translated Calderon's Mysteries of Corpus Christi.
  13. 1868. contrib to Poets and poetry of Ireland.
  14. 1870. translated Calderon's The two lovers of heaven.
  15. 1872. Shelley's early life from original sources.
  16. 1873. translated Calderon's The wonder-working magician; Life is a dream; The purgatory of Saint Patrick.
  17. 1880. The centenary of Moore: an ode.
  18. 1882. Poems (posthumous selection by his son John).
  19. 1931. Poems.


7 Volumes (7 volumes + 4 folders) ; No volume measures larger than 30 cm tall; one volume is approximately 7.5 cm x 12.75 cm.

Physical Location

MS P394 - MS P395

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MS P397 - MS P398

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MS B99

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MS B101

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MS B103 - MS B105

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MS D12

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MS K20

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

See also two letters written by Denis Florence MacCarthy to Sir William Stirling-Maxwell in 1863, cataloged separately at call number MS P196, part of Pierre Villars' Memoirs of the Court of Spain, MS C84, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Denis Florence MacCarthy Collection
Papers of Denis Florence MacCarthy
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