Mackay, Eric, 1851-1898

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British poet Eric Mackay (1851-1898) was the son of journalist and poet Charles Mackay (1812-1889) and the half-brother of novelist Mary Mackay (1855-1924), who published under the pseudonym Marie Corelli. He published several books of poetry in both England and in America, including Love Letters of a Violinist (1886), A Lover's Litanies (1888) and Song of the Sea (1895), as well as a volume of his father's poetry, Gossamer and Snowdrift: The Posthumous Poems of Charles Mackay (1890).

Mackay also produced an unauthorized play based on Corelli's novel The Sorrows of Satan, which was a commercial failure. In the final year of his life, Mackay allegedly claimed that he was the true author of Corelli's successful novels. After his death, Corelli circulated a pamphlet refuting his claim of authorship of her work.

"Mackay, Mary." British Short-Fiction Writers, 1880-1914: The Romantic Tradition. Ed. William F. Naufftus. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 156. Detroit: Gale Research, 1995. (reproduced in Literature Resource Center). (accessed September 14, 2010). Mullin, Katherine. "Mackay, Mary." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2009. (accessed September 14, 2010).

From the guide to the Eric Mackay letters and manuscripts, 1885-1889, undated, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Bennoch, Francis, 1812-1890. person
associatedWith Bennoch, Margaret, person
correspondedWith Bowen, John Eliot, 1858-1890 person
associatedWith Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. person
associatedWith Hayne, Paul Hamilton, 1830-1886. person
associatedWith Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. person
correspondedWith Thomas, W. Moy (William Moy), 1828-1910 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Poets, English


Birth 1851-01-25

Death 1898-06-02



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