Manuscript poems and songs by Gerard Crofts,
[between 1928 and 1934?]
|Main Creator:||Crofts, Gerard B., 1889-1934|
In the morocco-bound volume some of the poems are dated, the dates ranging from 1906 to 1928; and there are notes after some of them explaining the circumstances of their composition. For example on page 22 after the 1916 poem 'To My Mother' Crofts wrote '(written on my slate shortly after my arrival in Dartmoor prison)'. The poem on page 30 was 'written in Lewes Jail'. Crofts also includes what he calls 'Literary Remains of MacInerney', which is five poems presumably written by a person called MacInerney. (This may have been a Thomas McInerney who was also imprisoned in Britain after the 1916 Rising). MS 42,262
The loose sheets are divided into 'Poems' and 'Songs'. The first page bears a dedication 'To the Leprecaun from the Sidhe'. The last song is written on the back of a sheet of paper with the printed heading: 'Yew Park, Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin'. MS 49,982
The photograph is of a young boy, and is from the studio of Herr E. Gromann, 31 Heytesbury Street, (Sth. Circular Road), Dublin. The boy may possibly be Crofts himself as a child (?), but there is no name attached to it. MS 49,982
|Citation:||National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.|
A notebook entitled 'Verse and Reverse by Gerard B. Crofts'. The notebook, which is bound in morocco, contains fair copies of about 25 original poems mainly by Gerard Crofts. On the front end-paper is written 'dedicated to Sheela' (maybe Sheela Trench). About three quarters of the volume is blank.
The loose material consists of 18 loose sheets, plus a studio photograph.
Physical description: 1 volume + loose material.
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|MS 49,982/1-2||Manuscripts Reading Room||Books|
|MS 42,262||Manuscripts Reading Room Special Access||Manuscripts|
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