Lover, Samuel, 1797–1868, Irish painter, novelist, and songwriter. Before turning to literature, Lover was a painter, and in 1828 he became a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Art. However, he is best known for his ballad Rory O'More (1836), which he expanded into a novel and a play (both appeared in 1837), and for Handy Andy (1842), a farcical novel of Irish life. His other works include Legends and Stories of Ireland (1831), which he illustrated, and Songs and Ballads (1839).
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