Todhunter, John (1839 - 1916)

Index to poems

Biography: 

Poet, playwright, and pioneer of the Irish literary movement, John Todhunter was born in Dublin on December 30, 1839, and educated at medical school in Trinity College, from which he graduated M.B. in 1867 and M.D. in 1871. In Dublin he acted as Visiting Physician at the Cork Street Fever Hospital and, from 1870 to 1874, Professor of English Literature at Alexandria College. He re-settled in Bedford Park, London, in 1881. His first wife, née Ball, died shortly after their marriage in May 1870. He and his second wife, Dora L. Digby, wed in 1879. For many years he was a member of the Rhymers' Club, and the Sette of Odd Volumes. He died in Chiswick.

  • Heine, Heinrich. Book of Songs. Trans. John Todhunter. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1907. PT 2316 .A4T6 Robarts Library
  • Mahony, Christina Hunt. "Todhunter, John (1839–1916)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004. Online ed. Ed. Lawrence Goldman. May 2007.
  • Quatrains Collected from the Miscellaneous Publications and Scattered Documents of The Sette of Odd Volumes Together with a Fore-Word on the Quatrain as a Form of Literary Art. Ed. Silvanus P. Thompson. Introduction by John Todhunter. Opusculum 52. Chiswick Press, 1905. Ac. 9128 British Library. del T645 Z5T56 1905 Fisher Rare Book Library
  • Todhunter, John. Alcestis: a Dramatic Poem. London: C.K. Paul, 1879. del T645 A53 1879 Fisher Rare Book Library
  • --. The Banshee, and Other Poems. London: K. Paul, Trench, 1888. del T645 B36 1888 Fisher Rare Book Library
  • --. Forest Songs and Other Poems. London: Kegan Paul, Trench and Co., 1881. 11653.g.2 British Library. PR 5671 T245F6 Robarts Library
  • --. Laurella, and Other Poems. London: Henry S. King, 1876. del T645 L38 1876 Fisher Rare Book Library
  • --. Selected Poems by John Todhunter. Ed. D. L. Todhunter and Alfred Perceval Graves. London: Elkin Mathews and Marrot, 1929. 011644.h.7 British Library
  • --. Sounds and Sweet Airs. London: E. Mathews, 1905. del T645 S68 1905 Fisher Rare Book Library
Given Name: 
John
Family Name: 
Todhunter
Birth Date: 
December 30, 1839
Death Date: 
October 25, 1916
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