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Arland Ussher correspondence


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Title: Arland Ussher correspondence, 1921-1959Add to your cart.

ID: 1/4/MSS 083

Primary Creator: Ussher, Arland.

Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arrangement is chronological.

Subjects: Gogarty, Oliver St. John, 1878-1957, Joyce, James, 1882-1941., Philosophy, Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950, Ussher, Arland, Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939

Forms of Material: Blunden, Edmund, 1896-1974 - Correspondence, Clarke, Austin, 1896-1974. - Correspondence, 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

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Gogarty, Oliver St. John, 1878-1957
Joyce, James, 1882-1941.
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950
Ussher, Arland
Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Preferred Citation: [after identification of item(s)], Arland Ussher correspondence, Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Folder 2: Correspondence, 1921-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1939-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1950-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1955-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 8: from Jack Grene and Joseph Hone, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: from Augustus John, William Kirkpatrick Magee, Arland Ussher, and Robert N.D. Wilson, undatedAdd to your cart.

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