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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: John Bowles Daly

Author: John Bowles Daly (born 1844)

Biography: John Bowles Daly was born in 1844 in Ireland. He attended Trinity College Dublin where he earned a B.A. (1866) and LL.D. (1872). As Anglican priest, he served as curate to Monkstown before moving to London to minister to the poor of the East End in the late 1870s. While in England, Daly began writing for periodicals and authored serveral books on radicalism and Ireland. In addition, he wrote a single novel, Broken Ideals (1884). Daly became disillusioned with Christianity and joined the Theosophical Society. In 1890, he moved to Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) to help develop Buddhist schools, including Mahinda College in Galle. Four years later he moved to Calcutta where he edited two local newspapers, ran a school, and published a collection of stories. By the turn of the century, he can no longer be traced. He may have moved to Australia.

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References: Laurence Cox and Mihirini Sirisena, "Early Western Lay Buddhists in Colonial Asia: John Bowles Daly and the Buddhist Theosophical Society of Ceylon," Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions 3 (2016)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Broken Ideals: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Remington, 1884.