Thomas Keightley

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Keightley, Thomas, a voluminous writer, chiefly of educational works, was born in Dublin about 1792. He graduated at Trinity College in 1808, abandoned the intention of studying for the Bar, went to London in 1824, and devoted himself to literature. His name is familiar as the author of several useful, though somewhat dry, school-books, including Histories of Rome, Greece, and England. His Outlines of History formed one of the early volumes of Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopaedia. He also prepared editions of several of the ancient classics, and compiled a Fairy Mythology, which was deservedly popular in its day. He translated a novel from the Dutch, edited Milton's Poems and the Elzevir edition of Skakespere, and wrote the Shakespere Expositor. During the last few years of his life, Mr. Keightley enjoyed a Civil List pension. He died at Erith, Kent, 4th November 1872, aged 80.

Sources

7. Annual Register. London, 1756-1877.

16. Authors, Dictionary of British and American: S. Austin Allibone. 3 vols. Philadelphia, 1859-'71.

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