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Collection Number: 11011

Collection Title: Denis Florence MacCarthy Papers, 1845-1882

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract Denis Florence MacCarthy, Irish poet and translator of Pedro Calderon de la Barca (1600-1681), lived most of his life in Dublin, where he was born and educated. He was a member of the Royal Irish Academy, the "Mystics," and several political associations. His career started in the 1840's with his contributions to "The Nation" and the publication of "The Poets and Dramatists of Ireland" (1846), which he edited. In 1853, he began his translations of Calderon. The collection consists of about 150 letters to MacCarthy, handwritten and published versions of poems and other writings by MacCarthy, a diary MacCarthy kept on a trip to Paris in 1878, and other items. Most of the letters are from fellow scholars, and publishers in Dublin and other parts of Ireland, London, and continental Europe. There are several letters from the United States and also from Bombay, India. The correspondence concerns MacCarthy's works and shows the high esteem his correspondents accorded him. There is no family correspondence in this collection, although letters contain references to MacCarthy's wife and family.
Creator MacCarthy, Denis Florence, 1817-1882.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Denis Florence MacCarthy Papers #11011, Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Horace G. Commin of Bournemouth, England, in 1964.
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Denis Florence MacCarthy, Irish poet and translator of Pedro Calderon de la Barca (1600-1681), lived most of his life in Dublin, where he was born and educated. He was a member of the Royal Irish Academy, the "Mystics," and several political associations. His career started in the 1840's with his contributions to "The Nation" and the publication of "The Poets and Dramatists of Ireland" (1846), which he edited. In 1853, he began his translations of Calderon.

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About 150 letters to MacCarthy, handwritten and published versions of poems and other writings by MacCarthy, a diary MacCarthy kept on a trip to Paris in 1878, and other items. Most of the letters are from fellow scholars, and publishers in Dublin and other parts of Ireland, London, and continental Europe. There are several letters from the United States and also from Bombay, India. The correspondence concerns MacCarthy's works and shows the high esteem his correspondents accorded him. There is no family correspondence in this collection, although letters contain references to MacCarthy's wife and family.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1845-1882.

153 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters to MacCarthy from such scholars and friends as John O'Hagan, Sir Samuel Ferguson, J. A. Froude, and Kenelm Henry Digby. Letters relate primarily to MacCarthy's poetical works.

Folder 1

1845-1849 #11011, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1845-1882." Folder 1

Correspondents include: William Bryan, John Doyle, Sir Charles Duffy, Wilson Gray, John K. Ingram, Thomas MacNevin, John O'Hagan, Reverend D. Russell, R.D. Williams.

Folder 2

1850-1859 #11011, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1845-1882." Folder 2

Correspondents include: Reverend M. Birmingham, James Burke, Mortimer Collins, Professor Craik, K.H. Digby, Sir Samuel Ferguson, Percy Fitzgerald, J.T. Gilbert, Anna Maria (Mrs. S.C.) Hall, William R. Hamilton, Edward Hayes, Charles Mackay, Bernard Malrenin, G. Mansfield, Reverend D. Murray, Arthur O'Hagan, John O'Hagan, J.W. Parker Jr., John Quinlan, A.B. Rowan, Dr. William Stokes, J.T. Waller.

Folder 3

1860-1862 #11011, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1845-1882." Folder 3

Correspondents include: J.R. Chorley, Kenelm Digby, Sir William R. Hamilton, Lady Louisa Leunison, William Penrose Mark, Bernard Mulrenin, John O'Hagan, Sir Charles B. Phipps, Reverend Matthew Russell.

Folder 4

1863-1865 #11011, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1845-1882." Folder 4

Correspondents include: Sir John D. Acton, Allen and Company, Dr. Auster, J.R. Chorley, Sir Samuel Ferguson, J.T. Gilbert, Irish National Board of Education, Captin Leech, William Bernard MacCabe, Dr. R.R. Madden, J.C. O'Callaghan, M. Odorici, Office of Irish National Fair, John O'Hagan, Thomas O'Hagan, Royal Irish Academy.

Folder 5

1866-1867 #11011, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1845-1882." Folder 5

Correspondents include: Dr. Butler (Archbishop of Limerick), J.R. Chorley, Canon Dalton, Bishop John Derry, Thomas Farrell and Son, Sir Samuel Ferguson, Dr. Furlong (Bishop of Ferns), Sir John Gray, Anna Maria (Mrs. S.C.) Hall, Harvard College, J.R. Herbert, Irish Education Office, Archbishop Leaky, R.M. Levey, Editor of MacMillan's Magazine, Dr. Moriarty (Bishop of Keny), Sir William Stirling Maxwell, John O'Hagan, C.B. Pigot, John E. Pigot, Royal Irish Academy, Digby Stalley, Archbhishop Trench, Michael Verdon, MacKenzie E.C. Walcott, J.F. Wetherell.

Folder 6

1868-1869 #11011, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1845-1882." Folder 6

Correspondents include: T.F. Crane, Thomas Farrell and Son, Antoninus D. Leannell, Dr. Franz Lorinser, Robert A. McCall, Lord Talbot de Malahide, Father Meehan, John O'Hagan, Reverend D. Russell, John Sentaigne, Robert H. Shartley, J.F. Wetherell.

Folder 7

1870-1882 #11011, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1845-1882." Folder 7

Correspondents include: John Deane, Kenelm Digby, Lord Dufferin, Sir Samuel Ferguson, J.A. Foude, D.O. Madden, John O'Hagan, John Plaugh.

Folder 8

Undated #11011, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1845-1882." Folder 8

Correspondents include: Canon Dalton, Kenelm Digby, Mrs. John B. Dillon, Ricahrd Doyle, Mary Ferguson, Dr. R.R. Madden, Marchioness of Londonderry, Gerald Massey, John O'Hagan, Thomas O'Hagan, Mary Amelia Warner.

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About 40 items.

Printed material, including articles and poems written by or of interest to MacCarthy, as well as handwritten notes and writings of MacCarthy.

Folder 9

Writings, notes and drafts #11011, Series: "2. Other Papers, undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

Clippings and poems #11011, Series: "2. Other Papers, undated." Folder 10

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, May 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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