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Norah Hoult correspondence

 Collection
Collection MS-2001-038: Norah Hoult correspondence

Dates

  • 1934-1954, undated

Scope and Content Note

This correspondence documents the literary friendships of Irish journalist and author Norah Hoult through the letters she received from fellow Irish and English writers. The letters span her years living in both England and Ireland, from 1934-1954.

The collection comprises multiple letters from Irish poets Oliver Gogarty and James Stephens, plus individual notes from Austin Clarke, Brigid Brophy, Sean O'Casey, and Sean O'Faolin

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical Note

Eleanor Norah Hoult was born in Dublin on September 10, 1898, of Protestant Irish parents. They died when she was quite young, and she was educated at boarding schools in England.

Hoult began her writing career in journalism, working for the Sheffield Daily, Telegraph, Pearson's Magazine, and the Evening Post.

Her first book, Poor Women!, appeared in 1928. This collection of short stories, which explore the consciousness of women in different walks of life, was a critical success. After 1928, Hoult published extensively, but only two of her books, Holy Ireland (1935), and its sequel Coming from the Fair (1937), were concerned with Irish life.

Hoult spent 1931-1937 in Ireland collecting material and writing. She lived in New York from 1937 to 1939, when she relocated to London. In 1957 she returned to Ireland to stay. Between 1928 and 1972 she published twenty-five books. She spent her last years in Greystones, County Wicklow, where she died on April 6, 1984.

Sources:

"Hoult, [Eleanor] Norah." The Dictionary of Irish Literature. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.

"Norah Hoult." The Princess Grace Irish Library of Monaco: EIRData 2000. August 3, 2001.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (1 container)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This correspondence documents the literary friendships of Irish journalist and author Norah Hoult through the letters she received from fellow Irish and English writers. The letters span her years living in both England and Ireland, from 1934-1954.

Arrangement

Alphabetical by last name.

Provenance

Purchased in 1985.

Processing Information

Two typed partial letters signed "Oliver Gayoffo" may have been authored by Oliver Gogerty, as they are on the same hotel letterhead as a portion of his correspendence. The attribution has not been confirmed, so they remain filed under Oliver Gayoffo.

Title
Norah Hoult Correspondence
Subtitle
1934-1954
Status
Completed
Author
Corban Rhodes
Date
Summer 2001
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

Contact:
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