Introduction: James clarence mangan: The man in the cloak

Sinéad Sturgeon*

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In November 1838, James Clarence Mangan published a reinvention of Honoré de Balzac’s novella ‘Melmoth Réconcilié’ (1834), renaming it ‘The Man in the Cloak’. From then on, the phrase became one of the Irish writer’s favourite nom de plumes, augmenting both a lifelong obsession with the veiling of identity and - since to conceal one’s identity is also to complicate and intensify it - the conviction that the self is at once hidden, unstable, and multifarious. Two years later, Mangan signed a letter to a friend (journalist Charles Gavan Duffy) with a deftly drawn pen-and-ink rebus that shows his continuing attachment to the name, as well as a handsome penmanship.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEssays on James Clarence Mangan
Subtitle of host publicationThe Man in the Cloak
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781137273383
ISBN (Print)9781137273376
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2014

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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