The genesis of Thomas Moore’s Irish melodies, 1808-1834

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This chapter outlines the working methods of the prolific writer and lyricist Thomas Moore—which were characterized by the unfortunate combination of a perfectionist streak, a tendency to release material to the publishers while still in the creative mode, and a tendency to re-visit previously-published material. The Gibson-Massie Moore collection at Queen's University Belfast teaches us a great deal about Moore’s creative processes, and also records the nineteenth-century publishing industry’s response to one of its most prolific and popular creative artists. This chapter is illustrated by an online Exhibition, the 'Thomas Moore Project', Digital Collections, Special Collections, McClay library (see URL below).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCheap Print and Popular Song in the Nineteenth Century. A Cultural History of the Songster
EditorsPaul Watt, Derek B. Scott, Patrick Spedding
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781316672037
ISBN (Print)9781107159914
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2017

Bibliographical note

I am the contributor of one essay in this collection.


  • publishing practices
  • creative processes
  • romantic period
  • romantic song

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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