Gerald Griffin, Irish novelist, poet, and playwright, and son of a brewer, was born in Limerick, Ireland, December 12, 1803. He went to London in 1823 and became a reporter for one of the daily papers, and later turned to writing fiction. In 1838 he burned all of his unpublished manuscripts and joined the Catholic religious order "Society of the Christian Brothers" in Cork, and died at their monastery, June 12, 1840.
REFERENCES: D. Griffin, The Life of Gerald Griffin, Vol. I or the collected edition of his works, 1842—43; Miss Mitford, "Recollections of a Literary Life," Dublin University Magazine, XXIII, 157-70; Dublin Review, XVI, June, 1844, 281.
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