Three letters from William M. Murphy to Daphne Fullwood,
|Summary:||MS 49,590/1: Typescript letter dated 21st June, 1980. Murphy recalls that Fullwood provided the title for 'Prodigal father' and apologises that she was left out of the acknowledgement in the first printing. He states that this was a printer's error and is corrected in the second printing. He wishes to send her a copy of the book in appreciation. He also inquires after Oliver Edwards, with whom he has been unable to establish contact. The envelope is included with this letter. |
MS 49,590/2 : Manuscript letter dated 1st September, 1980. Murphy expresses his joy at receiving Fullwood's letter of appreciation; he also expresses his sorrow to hear of Oliver Edwards' death and praises him as "extraordinarily kind... totally unstained by egotism... the quintessential scholar..." He also relates some family news and his current scholarly work on John Butler Yeats. The envelope is included with this letter.
MS 49,590/3 : Christmas card dated 10th December, 1984, from Murphy and his wife Harriet. Murphy thanks Fullwood for her efforts on his behalf with a school in Sligo and states that he and his wife are enjoying their retirement. He also says that he is still working on the "Yeatnana[?]" letters and that his father passed away in October, aged 92. The envelope is included with this card.
MS 49,509/4 : Manuscript copy of a letter from Lily Yeats to Ruth Pollexfen Lane-Poole, dated 17th September 1934, in Murphy's hand. The letter discusses a meeting between Lily Yeats and Oliver Edwards, who is doing primary research for his biography of William Butler Yeats. The letter mentions "Lolly" (Elizabeth Corbet Yeats) and her perceived bad behaviour. A note from Murphy [to Fullwood] is included, stating "You and I are probably the only ones left in the world who would be interested in this passage on Oliver". This letter was included with the aforementioned Christmas card.
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|Notes:||William M. Murphy was a prolific biographer of the Yeats family, known for his work 'Prodigal father: The life of John Butler Yeats' (1978)and others. |
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