Mangan, James Clarence

James Clarence Mangan
James Clarence Mangan, image source archive.org (the original of this book is in the Cornell University Library).

James Clarence Mangan was born in Dublin on May 1st, 1803. He was the son of a former hedge-school teacher who later became a grocer. Mangan was educated at a Jesuit school where he learned the rudiments of Latin, Spanish, French, and Italian, but when his father became bankrupt he was obliged to leave school at fifteen and became a lawyer’s clerk. He later worked for the Ordnance Survey and an assistant in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin. He published his first verse in 1818.

Publications by and about Mangan include James Clarence Mangan, His Selected Poems with a Study by the Editor Louise Imgogen Guiney (Boston, Lamson, Wolffe & Co., 1897); James Clarence Mangan, by John Desmond Sheridan (Dublin/London,The Talbot Press/G. Duckworth & Co, 1937); Selected poems of James Clarence Mangan, edited by Jacque Chuto, with a foreword by Terence Brown (Dublin/Portland, OR., Irish Academic Press, 2003); The Collected Works of James Clarence Mangan, Poems: 1845-1847, edited by Jacques Chuto (Blackrock, Co Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 1997); Selected prose of James Clarence Mangan:bicentenary edition, editors Jacques Chuto, Peter Van De Kamp, and Ellen Shannon-Mangan, with a foreword by A. Norman Jeffares (Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2004); and James Clarence Mangan: Selected Writing, edited with an introduction by Sean Ryder University College Press, 2004).

Both W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, who wrote an essay on Mangan, were admirers.

After the Great Famine he became strongly nationalist, and wrote poems on national themes which are still well-known today, including My Dark Rosaleen and A Vision of Connaught in the Thirteenth Century.

Weakened by extreme poverty, alcoholism and malnutrition, he died of Cholera in 1849, and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.


James Clarence Mangan at Wikipedia

At Archive.org: James Clarence Mangan, His Selected Poems with a Study by the Editor Louise Imgogen Guiney, 1897

Poems by Mangan at Poem Hunter

James Clarence Mangan at The National Library of Ireland


One Comment

  1. James Walsh

    I would like a good analysis of the works of James Clarence Mangan and his links to Antoine O Rafteiri Irish Gaelic poet and his other influences to link his works to the wandering Gaelic poets and deep rooted Irish poetry . I am not a researcher but need it for a presentation at Thoor Ballylee where I was attached as a guide on Irish poets especially W . B. Yeats for the 150 anniversary . I know that Mr Yeats was an admirer of his work . It might be possible to suggest a good author who has studied his work or done a masters on some of his poems.
    Thanking you in advance ,

    James Walsh BA . LLB.

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