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Katharine Tynan Collection

Date range: 19th–20th centuries.

Collection of books and manuscripts relating primarily to the Irish poet and novelist Katharine Tynan (1859–1931), and to her husband Henry Hinkson (1865–1919) and daughter Pamela Hinkson, who also were novelists.

Katharine Tynan published over 100 novels, collections of poems and five volumes of autobiography.

She is best known nowadays as a member of the group of poets that clustered around W.B. Yeats in the early days of the Irish literary revival of the late nineteenth century; George Russell (‘A.E.’) once described her as ‘the earliest singer in that awakening of our imagination which has been spoken of as the Irish Renaissance’.

The collection contains the majority of published works by the three writers, as well as a body of correspondence. This emanates both from within the family and from their many friends in both British and Irish literary and political circles. Among these were the Yeats family, George Russell (‘A.E.’), Alice and Wilfrid Meynell, Lord and Lady Aberdeen, Louise Imogen Guiney and Jane Barlow.

Included also are letters from such significant figures as George Bernard Shaw, Walter de la Mare and Eva Gore-Booth.

Finding aids

Collection level description available online via ELGAR.


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