Arland Ussher correspondence, 1921-1959
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Brief Description: This collection of selected correspondence of Arland Ussher, philosopher, art critic, and Gaelic scholar, consists largely of an exchange of letters between Joseph Hone, Irish critic and biographer, and Ussher. There are over 200 letters, most of them to or from Hone. The collection also includes letters from Edmund Blunden, Austin Clarke, Oliver St. John Gogarty, Jack Grene, Augustus John, William Kirkpatrick Magee, Sacheverell Sitwell, and Robert N. D. Wilson. In their correspondence, Hone and Ussher discuss philosophy, including that of Swift, Berkeley, Hegel, and Kant, as well as books by Ussher himself, including Face and Mind of Ireland. Gogarty comments on Yeats, and what the poet knew of Berkeley. A typed copy of Yeats's "Crazy Jane and the King," which Ussher apparently intended to discuss in one of his books, is housed with some of the letters between Gogarty and Ussher. Other Irish writers, including Joyce and Shaw, are also subjects of discussion by the correspondents in this collection. In some cases, manuscripts accompany the letters. These include a four-page typescript entitled "Rossi ('Calling Lady Chatterley's Bluff') The Technicism and Unreality of Love," as well as an outline of chapters for a book, and a list of names titled "An Anthology of Modern Philosophers." In addition, the holdings contain a 1953 letter from Ussher to Mr. Spicer-Simson about the latter's photographs of Ussher's medallions of Joyce, Shaw, and Yeats.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/4/MSS 083
Created by: Ussher, Arland.
Volume: 0.2 Linear Feet
Arrangement: Arrangement is chronological.
Biographical Note for Ussher, Arland. : Percy Arland Ussher or Percival Arland Ussher (1899 September 9 - 1980 December 24) was an  Anglo-Irish academic, essayist and translator. Born in Battersea, London, he studied at Cambridge University. In 1926 he published a translation of The Midnight Court  by the Irish Gaelic-language poet, Brian Merriman. He published The Face and Mind of Ireland (1949) and Three Great Irishmen (1952), a comparitive study of Shaw, Yeats, and Joyce. He moved to County Waterford to manage the family farm before moving to Dublin in 1953.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Gogarty, Oliver St. John, 1878-1957
Joyce, James, 1882-1941.
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950
Ussher, Arland
Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939
Genres/Forms of Material
Blunden, Edmund, 1896-1974 - Correspondence
Clarke, Austin, 1896-1974. - Correspondence
Gogarty, Oliver St. John, 1878-1957 - Correspondence
Grene, Jack - Correspondence
Hone, Joseph M. (Joseph Maunsell), 1882-1959 - Correspondence
John, Augustus 1878-1961. - Correspondence
Magee, William Kirkpatrick. - Correspondence
Sitwell, Sacheverell 1897-1988. - Correspondence
Wilson, Robert N.D. - Correspondence
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