man of letters, was
See also:born at Paisley on the 12th of
See also:September 1856 . His was a
See also:personality, for during his lifetime he was known solely by a series of poetical and critical
See also:works of
See also:great, but not of outstanding merit, while from 1894 onwards he published, with elaborate precautions of secrecy, under the name of " Fiona Macleod," a series of stories and sketches in poetical
See also:prose which made him perhaps the most conspicuous Scottish writer of the
See also:modern Gaelic
See also:renaissance . His early
See also:life: was spent chiefly in the W.
See also:highlands of Scotland, and after leaving
See also:Glasgow University he went to
See also:Australia in 1877 in
See also:search of
See also:health . After a cruise in the Pacific he settled for some
See also:time in
See also:London as clerk to a
See also:bank, became an intimate of the Ressettis, and began to contribute to the
See also:Pall Mall
See also:Gazette and' other
See also:journals . In 1885 he became
See also:art critic to the Glasgow
See also:Herald . He spent much time abroad, in France and Italy, and travelled extensively in
See also:America and Africa . In ' 1885 he married-' his
See also:Elizabeth Amelia
See also:Sharp, who helped him in much of his
See also:work and collaborated with him in compiling the
See also:Lyra Celtica (1896) . His volumes of
See also:verse were The Human
See also:Inheritance (1882),
See also:Earth's Voices (r884), Romantic
See also:Ballads and Poems of Fantasy (1886), Sospiri 'di
See also:Roma (1891), Flower o' the
See also:Vine (1894), Sospiri d' Italia (1906) .
See also:William Sharp was the general editor of the " Canterbury Poets " series . He.Was a discriminating anthologist, and his Sonnets of the Century (x886), to which he prefixed a useful
See also:treatise on the sonnet, ran through many
See also:editions . This was followed by
See also:American Sonnets (1889) . He wrote
See also:biographies of
See also:Gabriel Rossetti (r88a)' of Shelley (1887), of Heinrich
See also:Heine (1888), of Robert
See also:Browning (1890), and edited the
See also:memoirs of
See also:Joseph Severn (1892) .
The most notable of his novels was Silence
See also:Farm (1899) . During the later years of his life he was obliged for reasons of health to spend all his winters abroad . The secret of his authorship of the " Fiona Macleod " books was faithfully kept until his
See also:death, which took place at the
See also:Castello di Manlaee,
See also:Sicily, on the 12th of
See also:December 1905 . As
See also:late as the 13th of May 1899 Fiona . Macleod had written to the
See also:Athenaeum stating' that she wrote only under that name and that it was her own.' She began to publish her tales and sketches of the
See also:world in 1894 with Pharais: A
See also:Romance of the Isles . They found only a limited public, though an enthusiastic one . The earlier volumes include The
See also:Mountain Lovers (1895), The Sin-Eater (1895), The Washer of the
See also:Ford and other Legendary Moralities (1896), &c . In 1897 a collected edition of the shorter '
See also:stone, with some new ones, was issued as Spiritual Tales, Barbaric Tales and Tragic Romances . Later volumes are The Dominion of Dreams (1899); The Divine Adventure:
See also:Iona: and other Studies in Spiritual
See also:History (1900), and Winged Destiny (1904) .
WILLIAM SHARP (1749-1824)
DANIEL SHARPE (18o6-1856)
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