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Autograph letter, signed, from Sean O'Casey to Mai McCarthy,

1955 Nov. 24.

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In Collection: Letters of Sean O'Casey to Mai McCarthy
Description: O'Casey chides McCarthy gently for taking on too much, in studying Philosophy, Drama, Social Ethics, History and Hygiene; he takes the example of Florence Nightingale and the nuns who worked in the Crimean War, whose knowledge of hygiene gained during the course of their work, caused a revolution in practice. He goes on to mention his uncle, wounded at Balaclava, who often spoke of these women. O'Casey goes on to discuss the relationship between religion and life; the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican; Newman and the Tractarian Movement. He reminices about an encounter with an aquaintenance, a writer called Robert Lynch, and says that few great writers or actors have come from the north of Ireland. He names those he regards as the best. He thinks the present generation of Irish people have opportunities to develop their talents, which their fathers lacked, but is anxious that so many are not availing of them. He tells McCarthy that his play 'Red Roses for me' has opened and will be travelling to Boston and then New York. He is currently writing the foreword to the book of dramatic criticism 'The Green Crow', which he expects to be published in the spring.
Main Creator: O'Casey, Sean, 1880-1964
Language: English
Extent: 1 item (2 pages).
Call Number: MS 49,744/11 (1-2) (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.