B0483. (TOM MOORE) L. A. G. Strong. The Minstrel Boy, A Portrait of Tom Moore. New York, Knopf, 1937. 317pp. Index; Bibliography; Illus. DJ.
“This portrait by an Irishman who loved Moore from his childhood associations, brings Moore closer to the reader than the Howard Mumford Jones biography. While his appraisal of his work is lukewarm, over-restrained, he brings the man to life, warm-hearted, affectionate, adoring his wife and family. The Jones' biography gives more space to the study of the century in which he lived; Strong approaches it through Moore's relations to political activities (which he skirts), and to social customs and daily life. Unfortunately, he does not fully recognize the contribution Moore made to a reflection of the times. Delightful style.”
- Kirkus Reviews
“Leonard Alfred George Strong was a highly popular English novelist, critic, historian and poet, and published under the name ‘L. A. G. Stron’. He served as a director of the publishers Methuen Ltd. from 1938 to 1958.
Strong was born in Plymouth, Devon, England, of a half-Irish father and Irish mother, and was proud of his Irish heritage. As a youth, he considered being a comedian and took lessons in singing. He studied at Brighton College and earned a scholarship to Wadham College, Oxford, as what was known as an Open Classical Scholar (studies in literature and the arts). There he came under the influence of W. B. Yeats, about whom Strong wrote fairly extensively. Their friendship lasted for twenty years. He gained a wide interest in literature and wrote about many important contemporary authors, including James Joyce, William Faulkner, John Millington Synge, and John Masefield. He was a director of the publishers Methuen Ltd. from 1938 until his death. For many years he was a governor of his old school, Brighton College.”
- Z. D. Akron