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John Randolph (Shane) Leslie (1885 - 1971):
Writer


Shane Leslie was born in Glaslough, County Monaghan, and was educated at Eton, Paris and King's College, Cambridge. On a visit to Russia in 1907 he met Tolstoy. In 1908 he became a Catholic. In two elections he stood for Derry as a Nationalist candidate and in 1911 went on a fund-raising mission to the USA. In 1916 he was appointed editor of the Dublin Review. He was a prolific writer of poetry, prose, biography and stories of the supernatural. Among his works are An Anthology of Catholic Poets; The Skull of Swift; Verses in Peace and War; The Film of Memory; From Cabin Boy to Archbishop; The Irish Tangle for English Readers; Shane Leslie's Ghost Book; The Oxford Movement and George the Fourth. He was an Associate Member of the Irish Academy of Letters and was made a Privy Chamberlain by Pope Pius XI. He succeeded his father as baronet in 1944 and was subsequently knighted. He presented a 9th-century manuscript to the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, of which he was Rosenbach Fellow of Bibliography.

Born: 24 September 1885
Died: 14 August 1971
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