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Padraic Colum Letters

Identifier: MSS 0179

Scope and Contents

The letter in this collection, dated January 30, 1943 is written to Mary L. Becker of the New York Herald Tribune. Written in response to her request for "a collection of authentic Irish romances in an inexpensive edition," Colum suggests that "Ancient Irish Romances, edited by Professor Cross of Chicago University and Mr. Slover, and published by Henry Holt, fills the bill".


  • 1943


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Biographical or Historical Information

Padraic Colum (1881-1972) was an Irish poet, playwright, novelist, children's writer, and editor. In his twenties he was part of a literary group that included William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory, and JM Synge. After migrating to America in 1914, Colum, who was already well-established as a playwright and poet, began a career as a children's writer; but his two most important books were in the realm of history and biography: Our Friend James Joyce (1958) and Ourselves Alone (1959). His awards included the American Academy of Poets in 1952, and the Gregory Medal of the Irish Academy in 1953. Colum died in Enfield, Connecticut January 11, 1972 and was buried in Ireland.


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Padraic Colum (1881-1972) was an Irish poet, playwright, novelist, children's writer, and editor. The letters in this collection are between Colum, Mary L. Becker of the New York Herald Tribune, and Minnie Hussey, Woman's College librarian, in regards to Hussey's request for "a collection of authentic Irish romances in an inexpensive edition."

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Minnie Middleton Hussey, date unknown.

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