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PURNELL , THOMAS ( 1834 - 1889 ), author ;

b. at Tenby . He matriculated at Trinity College , Dublin , 1852 , and later went to London , where he became a journalist and writer . From 1862 until 1866 he was assistant secretary and librarian of the Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland . He wrote to the Athenaeum under the pseudonym ‘ Q ’; he also founded a small club , the ‘ Decemviri ,’ with A. C. Swinburne , J. McN. Whistler , and others as members. He came to know Mazzini , to whom he introduced Swinburne and others. He published: Literature and its Professors , 1867 ; Dramatists of the Present Day , 1871 ; Correspondence and Works of Charles Lamb , 1871 ; To London and elsewhere , 1881 ; The Lady Drusilla: a Psychological Romance , 1886 ; Dust and Diamonds: Essays , 1888 ; and edited Historian Quatuor Regum Angliae (by John Herd ) for the Roxburghe Club , 1868 .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and sources therein cited.

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959