Cornwall, Barry

Cornwall, Barry,

pseud. of

Bryan Waller Procter,

1787–1874, English author. His sentimental songs were much in vogue during his lifetime. Included among Cornwall's longer works are Dramatic Scenes (1819) and Mirandola (1821), a tragedy. He enjoyed the friendship of many of the notable men of his time, including Charles Lamb, of whom he wrote a biography which appeared in 1866. He was the father of the poet Adelaide Procter.

Bibliography

See his Literary Recollections (ed. by R. W. Armour, 1936); biography by R. W. Armour (1935).

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Cornwall, Barry

 

(pen name of Brian Waller Procter). Born Nov. 21, 1787, in Leeds; died Oct. 5, 1874, in London. English writer.

The son of a farmer, Cornwall was educated as a lawyer. The main theme of his Dramatic Scenes (1819; Russian translation, 1837), written in the spirit of late romanticism, is the power of fate, which destroys human happiness. Cornwall also wrote the successful tragedy Mirandola (staged 1821). His best-known collection is English Songs (1832). His poetry was translated into Russian by such writers as Pushkin (“I Drink to Mary’s Health”), D. D. Minaev, and M. L. Mikhailov.

WORKS

In Russian translation:
In Gerbel’, N. V. Angliiskie poety v biografiiakh i obraztsakh. St. Petersburg, 1875.

REFERENCES

Iakovlev, N. V. “Poslednii literaturnyi sobesednik Pushkina (Bari Kornuol’).” In the collection Pushkin i ego sovremenniki, fase. 28. Petrograd, 1917.
Armour, R. W. Barry Cornwall. Boston, 1935.
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