Vivian Mercier (1919 – 1989) was an Irish literary critic. He was born in Clara, County Offaly, Ireland and educated first at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, and then at Trinity College, Dublin. He became a Scholar of the College and edited the student magazine T.C.D. Miscellany.
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“Oversimplified, Merciers Hypothesis would run like this: Wit is always absurd and true, humor absurd and untrue.”
—Vivian Mercier (b. 1919)