‘J. de Jean’ was the nom-de-plume of John Frazer (c. 1804–1852), a Presbyterian of Huguenot extraction, cabinet-maker and a native of Birr, co. Offaly.
As a young man he started writing poetry, and his first work – a lengthy poem entitled ‘Eva O’Connor’ was published in 1826 (Richard Milliken, Grafton Street, Dublin). During the 1840s individual poems, increasingly expressing a radicalised politics, appeared in the newspapers and periodicals of the day.
Three local historians have worked to collate this poetry and publish it as a volume in partnership with Offaly History. The launch will be in Birr on Friday 18th November 2022.
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