Gerald Griffin, an Irish novelist, born in Limerick, Dec. 12, 1803, died in Cork, June 12, 1840. When he was about 17 years of age his family emigrated to the United States, leaving him at Adare, near Limerick. Determining to devote himself to a literary career, he went in 1823 to London with "Aguire," a tragedy, composed two years previous, which he was unable to dispose of. Another called "Gisip-pus" (performed after the author's death at Drury Lane with complete success) proving equally unfortunate, he was forced to become a writer for the periodical press, and for several years lived in a precarious manner. He gradually acquired reputation as a brilliant magazine writer, and in 1827 published his "Holland-tide," which was followed shortly by "Tales of the Munster Festivals," both designed to illustrate the manners of the Irish peasantry. In 1828 appeared "The Colleen Pawn, or the Collegians," the most successful of his novels, "The Invasion," "The Rivals," "The Duke of Monmouth," etc. In 1838 he joined the society of the Christian brothers. He was likewise distinguished as a poet.
His works have been published in New York in 10 vols., with a memoir by his brother.