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Brian O'Nolan papers


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Title: Brian O'Nolan papers, 1914-1966Add to your cart.

ID: 1/4/MSS 051

Primary Creator: O'Brien, Flann, (1911-1966.)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in two series:  correspondence and manuscripts. Correspondence has three sub-series: letters to, letters about, and letters by Brian O'Nolan.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1966

Forms of Material: Authors, Irish - 20th century - Correspondence, Authors, Irish - 20th century - Manuscripts, Joyce, James, 1882-1941. - Manuscripts, O'Brien, Flann, 1911-1966. - Correspondence, O'Brien, Flann, 1911-1966. - Manuscripts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The O'Nolan papers consist primarily of O'Nolan's outgoing and incoming correspondence between 1938 and 1966, as well as typescripts of all O'Nolan novels except "At-Swim-Two-Birds."  The manuscript materials also include typescripts of the unfinished novel "Slattery's Sago Saga" and several short stories, among them "Ireland Home and Beauty." The collection also includes numerous reviews and news columns under O'Nolan's various pen names, including "A Weekly Look Round," "The Column Bawn," and "Cruiskeen Lawn"; manuscript articles, among them "Irish Whiskey Rebellion," "To the Irishman on the Street," "The Insect Play," and "Robinson's Cruise-O!"; and manuscript "sketches" and essays under the O'Nolan pseudonyms Flann O'Brien, George Knowall, and Myles na Gopaleen.

The collection also features manuscript stage plays, including "The Boy from Ballytearim",  "Faustus Kelly", and "Thirst"; and manuscript teleplays, including "Boots and Saddle," "Hullaballoons at Christmas," "The Ideas of O'Dea," "Is TV a Good Thing?," "Playing the Game," "Present Problems," and "Wedding Bells." There are also a large assortment of newspaper and magazine reviews of O'Nolan's plays and novels; book jackets, notebooks, and photographs of O'Nolan; and a number of related books and magazines, including the 1943 Dublin edition of "Faustus Kelly", the German editions of "At-Swim-Two-Birds" and "The Hard Life", and Hugh Leonard's 1965 stage adaptation of The Dalkey Archive, entitled "When the Saints Go Cycling In."

Biographical Note

Brian O'Nolan, born 5 October 1911, began his literary career as a newspaper columnist writing under various pseudonyms: George Knowall, John Doe, Myles na Gopaleen, and Flann O'Brien.  His later works include sketches, TV scripts, and novels; the best-known of which is At Swim-Two-Birds.  One novel, The Dalkey Archive, was rewritten as a play, The Saints Go Cycling In, by Hugh Leonard.  O'Nolan's flair for comedy in all his works was admired by such prominent authors as James Joyce, Graham Greene, Dylan Thomas, Brendan Behan, and S.J. Perelman.  Brian O'Nolan died in Dublin on 1 April 1966.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions:

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

As of 2017, Daniel C. Maher has represented the estate for many years.  The estate is also represented by A. M. Heath in the UK and Brandt & Hochman in the US.

Acquisition Source: Purchased

Related Materials: Flann O'Brien [pseudonym of Brian O'Nolan] Manuscripts and criticism, 1934-1989, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin; Flann O'Brien collection, Archives and Manuscripts, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Preferred Citation: [after identification of item(s)], Brian O'Nolan papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Other Note: For a itemized list of correspondence and manuscripts, please contact the repository.  The list is available in the reading room file cabinet.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 2: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Manuscripts, New Columns - "A Weekly Look Round"Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Manuscript Play - "The Boy from Ballytearim"Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Manuscript News Columns - "The Column Bawn"Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Manuscript News Columns - "Cruiskeen Lawn"Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Manuscript Plays - "Fauntus Kelly" and "Thirst"Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Manuscript Sketches - by Myles na GopaleenAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Manuscript Sketches - by George KnowallAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Manuscript Short Story - "Ireland Home and Beauty" by Flann O'BrienAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Flann O'Brien EssaysAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Articles - "Irish Whiskey Rebellion" - "To the Irishman on the Street"  "The Insect Play"Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Manuscript Sketches - "Th' Oul Lad of Kilsalaher"Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Articles - "Robinson's Cruise-O!" - O'Reagan's "If I Were King"Add to your cart.
Folder 32: TV Plays - "Boots and Saddle" - Hullaballoons at Christmas"Add to your cart.
Folder 33: TV Plays - "The Ideas of O'Dea"Add to your cart.
Folder 34: TV Plays - "Is TV a Good Thing?" - "Playing the Game"Add to your cart.
Folder 35: TV Plays - "Present Problems" - "Wedding Bells"Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Book Reviews - Holograph of "Sago Saga"Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Gaelic Typescript - Miscellaneous Holograph MaterialAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Miscellaneous Typescript Material - "Sergeant Fortell"Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Manuscript Novel - The Dalkey ArchiveAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Manuscript Novel - The Dalkey ArchiveAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Manuscript Play - The Saints Go Cycling In by Hugh LeonardAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Manuscript Novel - The Hard Life (1 of 4)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Manuscript Novel - The Hard Life (2 of 4)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Manuscript Novel - The Hard Life (3 of 4)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Manuscript Novel -The Hard Life (4 of 4)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Manuscript Novel - The Third Policeman (1 of 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Manuscript Novel - The Third Policeman (2 of 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Notebooks - Holograph Notes (1 of 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Notebooks - Holograph Notes (2 of 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Notebooks - SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Notebook, Article on JoyceAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Miscellaneous Material, Including Scenes from The Hard LifeAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Newsclippings, 1814-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Newsclippings, 1952-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Newsclippings, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Newsclippings, 1962 January-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Newsclippings, 1962 May-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Newsclippings, 1963 January-MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Newsclippings, 1964 February-1965 JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Newsclippings, 1965 June-SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Newsclippings, 1965 October-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Newsclippings, 1966, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Information booklets - Pantheon books, The Irish Press, 1963, March-FallAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: The Lace Curtain: A Magazine of Poetry and CriticismAdd to your cart.
Dublin: New Writers' Press, (Summer 1971, Spring 1974).  Numbers 4, 5.  Edited by Michael Smith.  Number 4 contains poems by Myles na gCopaleen and others

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