Literary commonplace book, [1898-1907]. IE TCD MS 4388 Public Deposited

Literary commonplace book, [1898-1907]. IE TCD MS 4388

Alternative title
  • Synge notebook 25
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 4388
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
  • 1898-1907
Physical extent
  • 50 folios (including back covers)
  • 235mm x 185mm
  • IE TCD MS 4388, John Millington Synge's literary commonplace book. This is a working notebook, previously numbered 25, in which Synge entered drafts of poems for Vita Vecchia in numbered order (fols 38v-48v), besides other early poems including Prelude, fol 3r; The creed, fol 4r; Epitaph, fol 5r; Allegorie (L'Échange) fol 31r; Execreation fol 47v; In the city again fol 46 v; The fugitive fol 44v; The conviction fol 41v; In rebellion fol 40v. A draft of 'Danny' however (fol 34v), suggests that Synge may have used the notebook again as late as 1907 when he also probably tore out several pages containing other early poems. 50 folios in all, with folio 50rv being the back cover.
  • 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
  • MS4388_001
  • 0062881


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