Literary commonplace book, 1904. IE TCD MS 4395 Public Deposited

Literary commonplace book, 1904. IE TCD MS 4395

Alternative title
  • Synge notebook 32
  • Playboy of the Western World
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 4395
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
  • 1904
Physical extent
  • 52 folios
  • 125mm x 190mm
  • IE TCD MS 4395, John Millington Synge's literary commonplace book. This is a working notebook, previously numbered 32, in which Synge entered what is probably the earliest extant version of 'The Playboy of the Western World'. The scenario for 'The Murderer: A Farce' (fol 1r-v) is followed by what was apparently a four-act draft of the play. Unfortunately some 30 pages have been torn out, and the only remaining materials are drafts of Act IV (fols 35v-38v), and of the concluding scene of Act III (fols 39-41), and some passages of dialogue (fols 33, 41v-42, 47). The notebook also includes dialogue for Lady O'Connor (fols 34-35), notes on Mayo - probably from Synge's visit in September 1904 (fols 41v-45v) - and a record of some words and phrases (fol 42v). 52 (partial) 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
  • MS4395_001
  • 0063512


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