Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Starkey mss., 1891-1956, consist of letters and papers of James Sullivan Starkey, 1879-1958, (Seumas O'Sullivan, pseud.), as editor of the Dublin Magazine.

Correspondents represented in the collection include: Samuel Beckett, Padriac Fallon, Thomas McDonagh, Arthur Morrison, Nora O'Kelly, Seumas O'Kelly, Vincent O'Sullivan, Thomas Brown Rudmose-Brown, George William Russell, Michael Sadleir, Rachel (Annand) Taylor, George (Lees) Yeats, and William Butler Yeats.

The letters refer to contributions to the Dublin Magazine, to other writings of the writers of the letters, to other writers, and to personal matters. A letter of November 18, [1908], from William Butler Yeats to Thomas Koehler deals with the secession of Koehler and others from the Abbey theatre in Dublin.

Included also in the collection are manuscripts of the following writings: a holograph draft of Seumas O'Kelly's "La grippe"; holograph drafts of three poems of O'Kelly, "The seannachie tells another story," "The borheen (1916)," and "Piper Denny Delaney," all of which were published in O'Kelly's Aftermath of East Week, (Dublin, 1917), pp. 10, 17- 18, and 25-26, respectively; a typescript of O'Kelly's poem, "The singer (To a goldfinch)"; holograph drafts of four book reviews written by Vincent O'Sullivan for the Dublin Magazine, reviewing The Strange Necessity, by Rebecca West (London, 1928), Ambrose Bierce: a Biography, by Carey McWilliams (New York, 1929); Jean-Luc Persecute, by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz (Paris, 1930), and ... Tourgueniev by Andre Maurois (Paris, [1931]); a holograph draft of an article by Vincent O'Sullivan of which the first page is lacking, but which seems to relate to an exhibition of letters from contributors to Francois Buloz, editor of the Revue des Deux Mondes from 1831 to 1877; and a typescript of William Butler Yeats' "Mourn - and then onward," a poem on the death of Parnell, which appeared in United Ireland, October 10, 1891.

Collection size: 94 items

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