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An Irish poet, playwright and author, James Stephens was born on February 2, 1882 (some sources indicate February 9, 1880) in Dublin, Ireland, and died December 26, 1950, in London, England. An Irish poet, playwright and author. As a pationate nationalist, Stephens incorporated Irish folklore into his work. In 1907 A.E. (George Russell) introduced Stephens to the concepts of theosophy. During the 1920's he met and became good friends with James Joyce. Among his works are: Insurrections (1909); The Charwoman's Daughter (1912); The Demi Gods (1914); Deidre (1923); and In the Land of Youth (1924).
This collection of manuscripts includes mainly Stephens' individual poems, or parts of collections of poems. Also included is his correspondence mainly to Stephen McKenna and a few letters from A.E. (George Russell). Stephens discusses poetry, music, reading and writing in the majority of his letters.
The collection is arranged in chronological order.
Provenance varies. The larger part of the collection was purchased from Henry Wenning, New Haven, Conn., during June 1965 and June 1968. "Lesbia," "Little Things," "Notes" and the letters to Andre Brule were purchased from Paul Richards, Brookline, Mass., during June 1968. "The Storyteller" was purchased from the House of Books Ltd, New York, during June 1968.