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Lennox Robinson papers

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William Butler Yeats correspondence

General correspondence

Fiction Writings

Non fiction writings

Miscellaneous manuscripts and scrapbooks

Lady Gregory and Robinson correspondence


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Collection Overview

Title: Lennox Robinson papers, 1892-1954Add to your cart.

ID: 1/4/MSS 091

Primary Creator: Robinson, Lennox, (1886-1958.)

Extent: 18.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Organized into six series:  (1) William Yeats correspondence, (2) General correspondence, (3) Fiction writings, (4) Non fiction writings, (5)  Miscellaneous manuscripts and scrapbooks, and (6) Lady Gregory and Robinson correspondence.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1960

Subjects: Abbey Theatre, Authors, Irish, English literature - Irish authors - 20th century, Robinson, Lennox, 1886-1958.

Forms of Material: Gregory, Lady, 1852-1932 - Correspondence, O'Casey, Sean 1880-1964. - Correspondence, Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950 - Correspondence, Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Lennox Robinson Collection contains several correspondence series, 40 play manuscripts including, in most cases, multiple drafts, 3 short stories, much of his non-fiction writings as well as his scrapbook of newspaper clippings and playbills.  In the latter boxes there are some manuscripts of lesser-known writers Robinson collected himself.  Nearly every aspect of this series has to do with Robinson's involvement in Irish Theatre.

Included in the correspondence are the William Butler Yeats letters, the Lay Gregory letters, as well as letters from AE, George Bernard Shaw, Shawn O'Casey, Gerard Fey, Sean O'Faolain, Nora Robinson, Oliver, St. J. Gogarty, And James Stephens.  The letters date, in general, from 1909 to 1954, but also include several postcards sent to his wife Dolly, after his death.

The manuscripts of Robinson's plays include drafts of his earliest plays like Harvest, the more well-known plays like The Clancy Name, White-Headed Boy, The Big House, and The Lost Leader.  The play manuscripts are in carious stages of drafting and completion.  Consequently, they provide an illuminating glimpse into Robinson's composing process from the earliest, roughest sketches through to the final polished products.  He appeared to be continually revising even as he directed the plays on stage.

The non-fiction writings consist of 43 of Robinson's "At the Play" columns as well as several of his essays on Irish topics.  Drafts of his partially autobiographical novel The Boy from Ballineen are collected here.  In addition, this series contains 11 of the "I Sometimes Think" manuscripts as well as over 20 other essays on primarily Irish artists.  These non-fiction manuscripts give insight into Robinson's opinions about theatre and the interplay between director, writer, and actor/actress.  A series of lecture notes, in various staged of completion, show how Robinson approached historically the subject of the Irish Theatre.

Finally, there are three scrapbooks of press cutting, play programs, and posters from the years of Robinson's activity with the Abbey Theatre.

Biographical Note

Esmé Stuart Lennox Robinson (October 4, 1886 - October 15, 1958) was an Irish dramatist, poet and theatre producer and director who was involved with the Abbey Theatre.

Robinson was born and raised in County Cork in a Protestant and Unionist family. His father was a middle-class stockbroker who in 1892 decided to become a clergyman in the Church of Ireland. A sickly child, Robinson was educated by private tutor and at Bandon Grammar School. In August 1907 his interest in the theatre began after he went to see an Abbey production of plays by W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory at the Cork Opera House. He published his first poem that same year.

His first play, The Cross Roads was performed in the Abbey in 1909 and he became Manager of the theatre towards the end of that year. He resigned in 1914 as a result of a disastrous tour of the United States but returned in 1919. He was appointed to the board of the theatre in 1923 and continued to serve in that capacity until his death.

As a playwright, Robinson showed himself as a nationalist with plays like Patriots (1912) and Dreamers (1915). On the other hand, he belonged to a part of Irish society which was not seen as fully Irish. This division between the "pure" Catholic Irish on one side and the Anglo-Irish on the other can be seen in a play such as The Big House (1926), which depicts a burning of such a Protestant manor by Irregulars, or extreme Republicans.

Robinson's most popular play was The Whiteheaded Boy (1916). His fiction includes Eight Short Stories (1919). In 1951 he published Ireland's Abbey Theatre, the first full-length history of the company.

Subject/Index Terms

Abbey Theatre
Authors, Irish
English literature - Irish authors - 20th century
Robinson, Lennox, 1886-1958.

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.

Acquisition Source: Purchased.

Acquisition Method: Purchased some letters and 1 manuscript from John Wilson 2003.

Related Materials: Lennox Robinson papers, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

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

Processing Information: Processed by:   Karl Kageff, Jill Hampton and Patricia Ireland


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[Series 1: William Butler Yeats correspondence, 1892-1935],
[Series 2: General correspondence, 1909-1966],
[Series 3: Fiction Writings, 1918-1954],
[Series 4: Non fiction writings, 1919-1924],
[Series 5: Miscellaneous manuscripts and scrapbooks, 1903-1950],
[Series 6: Lady Gregory and Robinson correspondence, 1919-1930],
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Series 2: General correspondence, 1909-1966Add to your cart.

.5 linear feet.

The Lennox Robinson general correspondence series excludes William Yeats' letters.  The letters and postcards fall into several categories including a group of ten postcards sent to hi wife, Mrs. Dorothy Robinson, after Lennox's death.  Also included in this collection are several ALS and TLS from Sean O'Casey, who sometimes signed himself Sean O'Cathasaigh, during the years 1921-1943, concerning acceptance of his plays by the Abbey Theatre.  The correspondence between Lennox and AE consists of six ALS from AE to Lennos with half of them dated 1923 or 1930 and the other letters undated.  In 1951, Lennox was asked by the Editor of the Dictionary of National Biography to write biographical entries for Sarah Allgood and William G. Fay.  The letters between his and Mr. Allgood, Miss Allgood, and Gerard Fay seeking information for these biographies are collected here.  Letter to Lennox after Three Home was published are in the collection including the letters from T.S. Cornwall complaining about Nora's portrayal of her father.  The Jim Barry aka Lennox Robinson - Edith Dodd correspondence is also in this series.  In addition, there is an assortment of correspondence dating from 1909 through at least 1954, along with undated letters, from various people including James Stephens and Moira O'Neill.  Finally included are various announcements from Lennox acting as President of the Actor's Church Union.

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Folder 10: General correspondence, 1964-1966, undatedAdd to your cart.

Doris Lessie, ACS [n.d.] Mrs. D. Robinson

Doris Lessie, ACS [n.d.] Mrs. D. Robinson

Eve, ACS April 10, 1964 Mrs. D. Robinson

Sheila, ACS Oct. 26, 1965 Mrs. D. Robinson

?, AC (about Sheila's house in Spain) [n.d.] not sent to anyone

?, ACS ?-31-65 Mrs. D. Robinson

? and Nigel (child), ACS  July 27, 1965 Mrs. D. Robinson

?, ACS July 23, 1965 Mrs. D. Robinson

Sheila, ACS ?, 1966 Mrs. D. Robinson

Beppo, ACS [n.d.] Mrs. D. Robinson

Folder 11: General correspondence, 1921-1930Add to your cart.

Sean O'Casey, ALS, pp. 1 Aug. 5, 1921 L. Robinson

Sean O'Cathasaigh, TLS, pp. 1  Apr. 23, 1922  L. Robinson

Sean O'Cathasaigh, TLS, pp. 2  Oct. 9, 1922 L. Robinson

Sean O'Casey, TLS, pp.1 Oct. 1, 1922 L. Robinson

Sean O'Casey, ALS, pp. 1 + verso  April 15, 1928  L. Robinson

Sean O'Casey, TLS, pp. 1 May 2, 1928 L. Robinson

Robert Bell, TLS (copy) pp. 1  June 5, 1928 L. Robinson

newspaper clipping from June 3, 1928 L. Robinson

The Observer about O'Casey's play

Sean O'Casey, ALS, pp. 6 1928 L. Robinson

Sean O'Casey, TLS, pp. 2 Sept. 29, 1930 L. Robinson

Sean O'Casey, ALS pp. 1 + verso [n.d.] L. Robinson

Sean O'Casey, ALS, pp. 2 Oct. 25, 1943 L. Robinson

newspaper clipping from Irish Times Jan. 29, 1966 L. Robinson

L. Robinson, TL, (copy) pp. 1 April 15, 1922      Sean O'Cathasaigh

carbon of above letter + verso: Secretary of Carnegie someone in

United Kingdom Trust April 13, 1922 Co. Wexford

Robert Bell, TLS, pp. 1 June 5, 1928 L. Robinson

The Observer (copy) pp. 1, disclaimer ca. 1924-25    general readership

Folder 12: General correspondence, 1948-1952, undatedAdd to your cart.

L. Robinson, TLS (carbon) pp1 Oct. 20, 1951 Gerard Fay

   verso, L. Robinson, TL, carbon Oct. 27, 1951 Gerard Fay

L. Robinson, TLS (carbon) pp1 Nov. 23, 1951 Gerard Fay

L. Robinson, TL (carbon) pp1 April 22, 1952 Gerard Fay

L. Robinson, TMS (carbon) of William Fay  post April 1952

L. Robinson, TLS (carbon) pp1 Oct. 20, 1951 Annie

L. Robinson, TLS (carbon) pp1 Dec. 2, 1951 Mr. Allgood

L. Robinson, TLS (carbon) pp1 Jan. 16, 1951 Miss Allgood

L. Robinson, AMs notes about Sarah Allgod

Gerard, TLS + ANS, pp1 Nov. 21, 1951 L. Robinson

Gerard, TLS, pp1 [n.d.] L. Robinson

L. Robinson, TLS (carbon) pp1 Jan. 18, 1952 Mr. Allgood

  verso: Mr. Allgood, AL Jan. 21, 1952 L. Robinson

  + copy

L. Robinson, TLS (carbon) pp1 +AN Jan. 18, 1952 Mr. Allgood

W. Allgood, TLS, pp1 Jan. 21, 1952 L. Robinson

L. Robinson, TMs (carbon) biography post Jan. 1952

of Sarah Allgood, pp2

L. Robinson, TLS (carbon) pp1 Jan. 18. 1952 Editor,

Dictionary of National Biography

L. Robinson, TLS (carbon) pp1 April 22, 1952 Editor, Dictionary of National Biography

L. Robinson, TLS (carbon) pp1 Nov. 24, 1952 Editor,

Dictionary of National Biography

Editor, Dictionary of Nat'l Biography, July 11, 1951 L. Robinson

D @ S. Allgood

Editor, Dictionary of Nat'l Biography, July 11, 1951 L. Robinson

D @ William G. Fay

TMs with a few corrections of W.G. [n.d.]

Fay's biography

TL of Mrs. W.G. Fay's notes [n.d.]

Dictionary of National Biography, D Feb., 1948

Folder 13: General correspondence, 1923-1930, undatedAdd to your cart.

AE, ALS, pp1 + verso Thursday [n.d.] L. Robinson

AE, ALS, pp1 + verso July 9, 1923 L. Robinson

AE, ALS, pp1 + verso Wednesday [n.d.] L. Robinson

AE, ALS, pp1 Sept. 9, 1923 L. Robinson

AE, ALS, pp1 Tuesday, [n.d.] L. Robinson

AE, ALS, pp2 Sept. 1, 1930 L. Robinson

Folder 14: General correspondence, 1938Add to your cart.

Sean O'Faolain, TLS, pp2 +verso ca. 1938 L. Robinson

David ? Searon, ALS, pp1 +verso Aug. 20 [n.y.] L. Robinson

Robert J. Brophy, ALS, pp4 ca. 1938 L. Robinson

Brig. General W.H. Hessey, ALS, Dec. 29, 1938 L. Robinson

  pp2 +verso +business card

Nora Robinson, ALS, pp1 + verso Jan. 1, 1939 L. Robinson

T.S. Cornwall, ALS, pp1 Sept. 22, 1938 L. Robinson

Nora Robinson, TL, pp1 Sept. 22, 1938 L. Robinson

D.O. Kelly, TLS, pp1 Sept. 19, 1938 L. Robinson

D.O. Kelly, TLS, pp1 + An Sept. 20, 1938 L. Robinson

T.S. Cornwall, TL, pp1 Sept. 14, 1938 D.O. Kelly

Nora, Tom & Lennox Robinson Sept. 14, 1938         Flora Cornwall

  TLS (copy) pp1

brown manila envelope containing Three Homes correspondence

Oliver St. J. Gogarty, ANS + book [n.d.] L. Robinson

review of Three Homes (copy) pp1

Folder 15: General correspondence, 1925-1951Add to your cart.

?, ANS, pp1 looks like a bookmark 1925 ?

?, ALS, pp1 + verso May 31, 1950 L. Robinson

?, ALS, pp1 July 23, 1951 L. Robinson

?, ALS, pp1 Nov. 17, 1951 L. Robinson

Folder 16: General correspondence, 1910-1953Add to your cart.

D.L. Kelleher, ALS + envelope, pp3 after April 1, 1909 L. Robinson

F.W. Collins, telegram (copy) July 7, 1910 L. Robinson

L. Robinson, AL9 (copy) pp2 ca. 1914           Nora Robinson Dorman

L. Robinson, secretary of Dublin Dec. 16, 1919 general announcement

  Drama League, TL (copy) pp1

? Hodgson, ALS + envelope, pp1 April 24, 1922 Elizabeth?

James Stephens, TLS, pp1 June 8, 1923 L. Robinson

Frank J. Hugh O'Donnell, Esq, TL May 1, 1924 L. Robinson

  +2 ANS (initialed) + (copy) pp1

Sydney Bell, ALS, pp1 Oct. 7, 1936 L. Robinson

Moira O'Neill, ALS (copy) pp1 Jan 5, 1940 L. Robinson

James Stephens, ALS, pp1 April 19, 1940 L. Robinson

Sean O'Sullivan, ALS (sopy) pp1 Aug 31, 1940 L. Robinson

Sara ?, ALS, pp1 +verso Nov. 17, 1944 L. Robinson

Miss E.M. Fry, TLS, pp1 June 12, 1945 L. Robinson

L. Robinson, TL (carbon) pp1 July 9, 1945 Miss Fry

L. Robinson, President of the July, 1950 actors and actresses

Actor's Church  Union, TLinterested in joining

L. Robinson, TL (carbon) pp4 Sept. 16, 1951 Father Christie

David Koning, TLS, pp1 Sept 23, 1953       Her Excellency, J.

MacNeil

H.A. Rappaport, ALS (Copy), pp1 Feb., 1954 L. Robinson

Christabel Childers, Secretary, Irish [n.d.]        Friends of Irish Academy

Academy of Letters, TL, (copy) pp1 +                             

ANS (initials) L. Robinson

Christabel Childers, Secretary, Irish        Friends of Irish Academy

      Academy of Leters, TL (copy) pp1

Mary Davenport O'Neill, ALS, pp3 Dec. 10 [n.y.] L. Robinson

Calling card of Miss A.M. MacIvor [n.d.]

  apologizing for the size of the audience

L. Robinson, TL (carbon) pp1 Sept. 3 [n.y.] Mr. Little

? TL (carbon) pp1 + verso [n.d.]            Dr. R. Cummins, Cork

? envelope [n.d.] L. Robinson

?, ALS, pp1 April [n.y.] L. Robinson

Folder 17: General correspondence, 1927-1928Add to your cart.

Jim Barry aka Lennox Robinson correspondence with Edith Dodd - includes typed transcripts of each ALS

Miss E. S. Dodd, ALS, pp1 + verso Sept. 10, 1927 Jim Barry

Jim Barry, TL (carbon), pp1 Oct. 18, 1927 Miss Dodd

Miss Dodd, ALS, pp1 + verso Oct. 23, 1927 Jim Barry

Jim  Barry, TL (carbon) pp1 Nov. 3, 1927 Miss Dodd

Miss Dodd, ALS, pp1 +verso Dec. 30, 1927 Jim Barry

Jim Barry, TL, (carbon) pp1 Jan. 14, 1928 Miss Dodd

Edith Dodd, ALS, pp1 Feb 4, 1928 Jim Barry

Probably Jim Barry, envelope Feb. 19, 1928 Miss Dodd

Jim Barry, TL (carbon) pp1 + verso ca. Feb., 1928 Miss Dodd

Miss Dodd, ALS, pp1 +verso Feb. 1928 Jim  Barry

Newspaper review of the red Sock ca. Feb. 12, 1928

Programme of The Red Sock with notes Feb. 20, 1928

Jim Barry, TL (carbon) pp1 + verso Feb. 20, 1928 Miss Dodd

Edith Dodd, ALS, pp1 Feb 21, 1928 Jim Barry

Edith Dodd, ALS, pp1 + verso Feb. 26, 1928 L. Robinson

Edith Dodd, ALS, pp1 + verso Feb. 28, 1928 L. Robinson

ANS, Jim Barry 1928

Folder 18: General correspondence, 1924-1939Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: William Butler Yeats correspondence, 1892-1935],
[Series 2: General correspondence, 1909-1966],
[Series 3: Fiction Writings, 1918-1954],
[Series 4: Non fiction writings, 1919-1924],
[Series 5: Miscellaneous manuscripts and scrapbooks, 1903-1950],
[Series 6: Lady Gregory and Robinson correspondence, 1919-1930],
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