Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Ryan, Richard
RYAN, RICHARD (1796–1849), biographer, born in 1796, was son of Richard Ryan, a bookseller in Camden Town, who died before 1830 (cf. Gent. Mag. 1830, pt. i.). Ryan seems to have followed the business of a bookseller, but found time to write several interesting books, a few plays, and some songs which were set to music by eminent composers. His plays—‘Everybody's Husband,’ a comic drama in one act; ‘Quite at Home,’ a comic entertainment in one act; and ‘Le Pauvre Jacques,’ a vaudeville in one act, from the French—are printed in J. Cumberland's ‘Acting Plays,’ 1825. Ryan died in 1849.
Besides the works mentioned, he published
- ‘Eight Ballads on the Superstitions of the Irish Peasantry,’ 8vo, London, 1822.
- ‘Biographia Hibernica, a Biographical Dictionary of the Worthies of Ireland, from the earliest periods to the present time,’ 2 vols. 8vo, London, 1819–21.
- ‘Poems on Sacred Subjects,’ &c., 8vo, London, 1824.
- ‘Dramatic Table Talk, or Scenes, Situations, and Adventures, serious and comic, in Theatrical History and Biography, with engravings,’ 3 vols. 12mo, London, 1825.
- ‘Poetry and Poets, being a Collection of the choicest Anecdotes relative to the Poets of every age and nation, illustrated by engravings,’ 3 vols. 12mo, London, 1826.
[Allibone's Dict. of Engl. Lit. vol. iii.; O'Donoghue's Poets of Ireland, p. 220.]