Literary commonplace book, [1900]. IE TCD MS 4389 Public Deposited

Literary commonplace book, [1900]. IE TCD MS 4389

Alternative title
  • Synge notebook 26
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 4389
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
  • 1900
Physical extent
  • 56 folios
  • 162mm x 102mm
  • IE TCD MS 4389, John Millington Synge's literary commonplace book. This is a working notebook, previously numbered 26, in which Synge entered drafts of When the Moon has Set (fols 1-22). Between Acts I and III are several blank pages headed Act II, the only evidence that Synge ever intended to write a three-act version. Also included are the dramatic fragment Luasnad, Capa and Lame (fols 25, 36v, 37v, 38v-48v); a Wicklow sketch (fols 37, 38); drafts of poems (fols 48v-51, 54v-56); a fragment of dramatic blank verse on the Faust theme (fols 5lv-53, 54); and some aesthetic notes (fols 53v, 56v). 56 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
  • paper (fiber product)
  • Irish
Digital Object Id
  • MS4389_001
  • 0062985


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