John Augustus Shea


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(Born: November 1802 - Died: August 15, 1845)

Journalist, editor and poet. He was born in Cork, Ireland. He was employed as a clerk at Beamish & Crawford, but also contributed articles to for the Cork Mercantile Reporter, afterwards contributing several pieces to Bolster’s Cork Quarterly. He emigrated to the United States in 1827, and settled in New York City. For a time, he worked at the New York Daily Tribune. He was married twice. He published several volumes of poems, including:

- Rudekkli, a Tale of the Seventh Century, The Lament of Hellas, and Other Poems, London and Cork, 1826

- Adolph and Other poems, New York: printed by W. E. Dean, 1831

- Parnassian Wild Flowers, Georgetown, 1836

- Clontarf, or The field of the green banner; an historical romance, and Other Poems, New York, 1845

- Poems (collected by his son, George Shea), New York,1846

The month and year of his birth are given in the memoir by his son, but the day is inexplicably omitted.




  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.


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