The Collected Letters of Canon Sheehan of Doneraile1883-1913
Outlines for a Literary Biography
This collection of the letters of Canon Sheehan of Doneraile consists of 293 letters, drawn principally from three archival sources:
• the Sheehan papers in the archive of the Presentation Sisters, Southern Province;
• the Russell papers in the archive of the Irish Province of the Jesuit Fathers;
• the Heuser papers in the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Centre, Overbrook, Philadelphia.
To them, some material has been added from smaller deposits: sixteen letters written by Canon Sheehan to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., of the American Supreme Court, which are conserved in the Library of the Law School of Harvard University; ten letters to Fr Joseph Bruneau, SS, of St Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore which are currently in the Bruneau papers in the seminary archives; five letters written to Lord Castletown of Upper Ossory found in the Castletown papers in the National Library of Ireland; from the Hudson papers, conserved in the archives of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, four letters written to Fr Daniel Hudson, editor of the Ave Maria Magazine, and a letter to Fr Hudson from Fr Matthew Russell enclosing a letter from Sheehan; two letters of Canon Sheehan and three letters from his brother, Denis Sheehan, from the Mrs William O’Brien papers in the Boole Library of University College Cork; four letters in the Doneraile Estate papers in the National Library of Ireland; one letter in the Katherine Tynan Hinkson papers held in the Morris Library of the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in the United States of America; and one letter in the private possession of the Very Reverend Gerard Canon Casey, parish priest of Mallow, Co. Cork.
A further two letters (nos. 115 and 125) are transcribed from Herman J. Heuser, Canon Sheehan of Doneraile (Longmans, Green and Co., London and New York, 1917). These two letters were originally supplied to Fr Heuser in the winter of 1913/14 in preparation for the writing of his biography of Canon Sheehan. They are, however, no longer extant in the Heuser papers in Philadelphia.
The collection affords a rare insight into the personality, character and outlook of a significant contributor to the literary renouveau catholique in English; it tracks the historic evolution of several of his novels and other writings and it illuminates the philosophical, theological and literary concerns of the Catholic intelligentsia across the three decades preceding the First World War.
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Publisher: SMENOS Publications
Format: Hardback & Paperback 314 pages
Date of Publication: 18 April 2013
ISBN 13: Hardback 9780957552111
ISBN 13: Paperback 9780957552104
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