Poems of James Clarence Mangan. With Biographical Introduction by John Mitchell. New York: P.M. Haverty, 1859. First Edition. Pp, 460. A Good copy in original cloth. With two inch loss to top corner of title page, (a removal of owner's name) with some foxing.
James Clarence Mangan was born in Dublin just before Robert Emmet’s failed rebellion in 1803, and died in destitution in 1849, as the Great Famine drew to a close. Accounts of Mangan’s impoverishment, his reclusive behaviour, his addiction to alcohol, combined with the darkness of late poems like ‘The Nameless One,’ have encouraged readers to see Mangan as the epitome of pathos, and a mirror of the degraded colonial condition of nineteenth-century Ireland itself.