Literary commonplace book, [1907]. IE TCD MS 4396 Public Deposited

Literary commonplace book, [1907]. IE TCD MS 4396

Alternative title
  • Synge notebook 33
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 4396
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Date Created
  • 1907
Physical extent
  • 65 folios
  • 82mm x 130 mm
  • IE TCD MS 4396, John Millington Synge's literary commonplace book. This is a working notebook, from the Spring/Summer of 1907 and previously numbered 33, in which Synge entered a plan for the projected 'Wicklow book' (fols 4v-5r) and Wicklow sketches, some written up on a day to day basis (fols 1v-4r, 5v-44). At the same time Synge was writing the related poems 'In May (folio 52r)', 'It is a Month' (folio 52v, 54r, 55v), and 'The Masque of May' (folio 53r-v, 55r, 57r, 58r). Other poems drafted here include 'Patch-Shoneen' (fol 51v), 'On an Anniversary' (fol 51r), and 'The Passing of the Shee' (fol 50v). Folio 56 is merely a stub of a torn page. The notebook also includes a description of Drogheda and district (folios 45v-49)r, a sketch for an essay on 'Historical and Peasant Drama' (fols 59r-61v), some dialogue for Playboy (fols 62r-v), and some scattered notes on literature. 65 folios in all.
  • Related material:Each manuscript reference number, between MS 4328 and MS 4429 refers to an item in the Synge collection.Further letters & papers of, or related to, JM Synge and his family, at Trinity College Library Dublin: TCD MSS 3554, 3460, 4367, 6173-6225, 7225, 10099, 10577, 10658, 11332.Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas: MSS 1988National Library of Ireland: MSS 13617, 778Public Note:Andrew Carpenter (ed.), My uncle John: Edward Stephens' life of J. M. Synge (1974)Ann Saddlemyer (ed.), Complete letters of J.M.Synge (2 vols, 1983-4)Ann Saddlemyer et al (eds.), Collected works of J.M.Synge (4 vols, 1962-68)W.J. McCormack, The Fool of the family: a life of J.M. Synge (2000)[Nicholas Grene], The Synge manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College Dublin (1971)
Collection title
  • Papers of John Millington Synge
Sub Fonds
  • Papers of John Millington Synge: literary papers
Finding aid
  • After Synge’s death in 1909 all his papers were inherited by his nephew and literary executor Edward M. Stephens. They were purchased by the Library, in 1969, from Stephens’ widow Lily M. Stephens.
  • ink
  • book cloth (textile material)
  • Irish
Digital Object Id
  • MS4396_001
  • 0063623


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