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Thomas Moore

(1779—1852) poet

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born in Dublin, published The Poetical Works of the late Thomas Little (1801), under which pseudonym Byron refers to him in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. From 1808 to 1834 Moore continued to add to his Irish Melodies, which established him as the national bard of Ireland. He was a good musician and a skilful writer of patriotic and often nostalgic songs, which he set to Irish tunes, mainly of the 18th cent. Among his more famous songs are ‘The Harp that once through Tara's Halls’, ‘The Minstrel Boy’, and ‘The Last Rose of Summer’. The Twopenny Post Bag (1813) is a collection of satires directed against the prince regent. He acquired fame and a European reputation with the publication of Lalla Rookh (1817). In 1818 appeared the satirical and entertaining The Fudge Family in Paris. The Loves of the Angels (1823) enjoyed a considerable vogue and caused some scandal. In 1824 he was prevailed upon to permit the burning of Byron's Memoirs, which Byron (a close friend) had given to him. Among his other works may be mentioned his life of Sheridan (1825); The Epicurean (1827), a novel about a Greek philosopher; a life of Byron (1830); and a Life of Lord Edward Fitzgerald (1831).

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