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Padraic Colum letter to Mary Ethel McAuley


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Irish writer Padraic Colum (1881-1972) published over fifty books of poetry, fiction, drama, nonfiction, children's literature, and folklore during his lifetime. Colum developed close relationships with other members of the Irish Literary Renaissance, including W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, George Russell [AE], James Stephens, and James Joyce. Colum was an original signer of the charter for the Abbey Theatre and wrote several of the Abbey Theatre's earliest plays, but he is primarily remembered for his poetry.

"Colum, Padraic, 1881-1972." Literature Online. (accessed February 6, 2007).

Mary Ethel McAuley was a writer for the

Pittsburg Dispatch newspaper in the early 1920s.

Some biographical information derived from the collection.

This is Colum's response to reporter Mary Ethel McAuley's question, "Is Modern Culture Decadent?" for the "Where We Stand" column of the

Pittsburg Dispatch. The document bears autograph pencil corrections by Colum. Colum's response is written on McAuley's letter, which was dated April 27, 1921.

Box 27, F0451: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase, 1994.

Processed and encoded by Debra Johnson, February 2007. Further encoded by George Apodaca, September 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2007 February 6
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Collection Inventory

Padraic Colum letter to Mary Ethel McAuley, 1921 April-May.
Box 27 Folder F0451
Physical Description

Typed letter signed with autograph additions, 1 p.

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