Herman Charles Merivale

Herman Charles Merivale MA (27 January, 183917 August, 1906) was an English dramatist and poet, son of Herman Merivale. He also used the punning pseudonym Felix Dale.

A barrister, writer, and civil servant who was Permanent Under-Secretary of the India Office, [ [http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/sta/search/detailp.cfm?NID=57073&EID=22723&DID=&AID= University of Glasgow library catalogue site] ] he was educated at Harrow School and Balliol College, Oxford, where Algernon Charles Swinburne and Charles Bowen were his contemporaries. He graduated BA in 1861. At his father's home he met many distinguished men, including Lord Robert Cecil (afterwards Prime Minister Lord Salisbury), who became a lifelong friend. His friends in literary and dramatic circles included William Makepeace Thackeray, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Matthew Arnold, Anthony Trollope, W. S. Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, Edmund Yates, and others.Elizabeth Lee, ‘Merivale, Herman Charles (1839–1906)’, rev. William Baker, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004] Following his father's death in 1874 he gave up the law in favour of literature and the theatre. Merivale wrote many farces and burlesques. For John Hollingshead he produced "The Lady of Lyons Married and Settled" performed at the Gaiety Theatre (5 October 1878), and "Called There and Back" (15 October 1884). "The Butler" (1886) and "The Don" (1888) were both written for the actor J. L. Toole. In writing "The Don", and other works, Merivale was assisted by his wife, Elizabeth, the daughter of John Pittman, whom he married in London on 13 May 1878.

Suffering from depression for many years, following a breakdown [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=W2twWm9taHAC&pg=PA101&lpg=PA101&dq=herman+charles+merivale&source=web&ots=vusAKFK59v&sig=tyMsTMXdqdHIvvlgCANICBYE0F4 MacKenzie, Charlotte. "Psychiatry for the Rich: A History of Ticehurst Private Asylum, 1792-1917" (date?) Routledge] ISBN 0415088917] in 1879 he went to Australia on the advice of his physician, and then returned with his health recovered, only to discover that the power of attorney he had left with a defaulting solicitor had cost him his entire fortune. [ [http://www.ilab.org/db/book1561_4694.html Profile of Merivale at publisher website] ]

A few years before his death Merivale became a Roman Catholic. He died suddenly of heart failure on 14 January 1906 at 69 Woodstock Road, Acton, Middlesex [The Times Obituary 17 January 1906] , and was buried in his father's grave in Brompton Cemetery. He had no children and his widow was granted a civil-list pension of £50 in 1906.

References

Works

*A Husband in Clover (1873), farce
*All For Her (1875), drama
*Forget Me Not (1879), drama (with Florence Crauford Grove)
*My Experience in a Lunatic Asylum, by a Sane Patient. London: Chatto and Windus (1879)
*Faucit Of Balliol (1882), novel
*The White Pilgrim (1883), drama
*Binko's Blues (1884)
*Florien (1884), drama
*The Butler (1886), drama
*The Don (1888)
*A Life of Thackeray (1891) biography, with Frank T. Marzials
*The Lady of Lyons, drama
*Peacock's Holiday, farce
*A Son of the Soil, drama
*Bar, Stage and Platform, autobiographical memories (1902)


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