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Hone, Joseph M. (Joseph Maunsell), 1882-1959.

Joseph M. Hone letters to Hylda Wrench

1906, undated


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F109


Creator: Hone, Joseph M. (Joseph Maunsell), 1882-1959.


Title: Joseph M. Hone letters to Hylda Wrench


Inclusive Dates: 1906, undated


Extent: 10 items


Abstract: Irish literary critic and biographer Joseph M. Hone (1882-1959) wrote ten letters to Lady Hylda Henrietta Wrench (1879-1955) in 1906, discussing current literature and Irish theatre. A poem titled "Mars," mentioned in the letters and written in Hone's hand, is also included.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 099 F109, Joseph Hone letters to Hylda Wrench, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Boxes 5, F109: Shelved in SPEC MSS 099

Location

Special Collections, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Purchase, August 1987.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Sean Lovitt, October 2014.


The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Notes

Joseph M. Hone

Irish intellectual and author Joseph M. (Joseph Maunsell) Hone (1882-1959) was a significant figure in the Irish Literary Revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He wrote works on a variety of topics, whose contributions to Irish philosophical, artistic, and political life include an authorized biography on William Butler Yeats, titled William Butler Yeats: the poet in contemporary Ireland (1942), a history co-written with Page Dickinson titled Persia in Revolution (1910) as well as several books on Irish nationalism.

The son of a wealthy merchant family in Dublin, Joseph M. Hone was educated at Wellington and Cambridge. Subsequently, he established himself in the literary world, co-founding the publishing house Maunsel & Company, which became one of Ireland's largest publishing houses, and editing the journal The Shanachie: An Illustrated Irish Miscellany, which included a host of his contemporaries such as William Butler Yeats and George Bernard Shaw. Early in his career, Joseph M. Hone was known for his translation of Daniel Halevy's Life of Nietzsche (1911). Hone's later writing is mainly biographical. In 1951, he became president of the Irish Academy of Letters. He died in Dublin in 1959.

Sources:

Boylan, Henry. 1988. "Hone, Joseph Maunsel (1882-1959)." A Dictionary of Irish Biography. New York: St. Martin's Press, 162-3.

"Joseph Hone."Ricorso. http://www.ricorso.net/rx/az-data/authors/h/Hone_J/life.htm (accessed September 30, 2014).

Lady Hylda Henrietta Wrench

Born Hylda Henrietta Brooke (1879-1955), she was the daughter of the Anglo-Irish baronet, Victor Alexander Brooke (1843-1891). She was briefly married to the baronet Sir Frederick des Voeux (1857-1937) before marrying Sir (John) Evelyn Leslie Wrench (1882-1966). A devotee of Irish theater and literature, Hylda Wrench also wrote several articles in her lifetime collected in Reflections (1956) a memorial volume.

Sources:

"Hylda Henrietta Brooke." The Peerage. http://www.thepeerage.com/p18145.htm (accessed September 30, 2014).


Scope and Content Note

Irish literary critic and biographer Joseph M. (Joseph Maunsell) Hone (1882-1959) wrote ten letters to Hylda Henrietta Wrench (1879-1955), discussing current literature and Irish theatre. A poem, entitled "Mars," mentioned in the letters and written in Hone's hand is included.

Hone and Wrench's shared enthusiasm for the literary scene, especially the authors associated with the burgeoning Irish Literary Revival, played a central role in their correspondence. In the letters, Hone wrote at length about poets ranging from Walt Whitman to William Blake to Alice Meynell (her sonnet "Renouncement" received special attention). Hone made reference to an array of works that accompanied the letters, which they lent one another from their book collections. In addition to books, Hone sent Wrench his copies of contemporary literary journals, specifically naming Standish O'Grady's All Ireland Review. On several occasions in the letters, Hone brought up William Butler Yeats and the Abbey theatre, mentioning a particular performance of J. M. Synge's Deirdre of the Sorrows (1910) that drew a "fine audience," including authors associated with his quarterly, The Shanachie. Aside from literature, the letters touched upon the larger art scene with a brief discussion of Max Beerbohm's book of caricatures, The Poet's Corner (1896).

The letters bear additional notes written in the hand of Hylda Wrench. The notes vary from occasional clarifications to extended explanations of the context of certain letters. On one letter, she wrote at length about a conversation between her and Hone concerning the definition of art, in which he quoted Nietzsche. Her commentary serves as a gloss on an oblique reference in Hone's letter to Coventry Patmore's poem, "The Toys."


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Hone, Joseph M. (Joseph Maunsell), 1882-1959--Correspondence.
Wrench, Hylda Henrietta, 1879-1955--Correspondence.
Corporate Names
Abbey Theatre.
Topical Terms
Authors, Irish--History--20th century--Correspondence
Theater--Ireland--History--20th century.
Irish drama.
Geographic Names
Dublin (Ireland)
Form/Genre Terms
Correspondence.
Occupation
Authors.
Personal Contributors
Wrench, Hylda Henrietta, 1879-1955, correspondent.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

MSS 475 Abbey Theatre playbill collection

MSS 126 William Butler Yeats collection.

MSS 313 Proscenium Press archives


Detailed Contents List

Joseph M. Hone letter to Hylda Wrench , 1906 February 24   [Box 5 F109]

Joseph M. Hone letter to Hylda Wrench , 1906 March 10   [Box 5 F109]

Joseph M. Hone letter to Hylda Wrench , 1906 March 27   [Box 5 F109]

Joseph M. Hone letter to Hylda Wrench , 1906 April 18   [Box 5 F109]

Joseph M. Hone letter to Hylda Wrench , 1906 April 22   [Box 5 F109]

Joseph M. Hone letter to Hylda Wrench , 1906 May 6   [Box 5 F109]

Joseph M. Hone letter to Hylda Wrench , 1906 September 6   [Box 5 F109]

Joseph M. Hone letter to Hylda Wrench , 1906 October 2   [Box 5 F109]

Joseph M. Hone letter to Hylda Wrench , 1906 November 14   [Box 5 F109]

Includes Hone's handwritten poem "Mars."

Joseph M. Hone letter to Hylda Wrench , [1910] November 23   [Box 5 F109]

The year of the letter is not specified, but Hone's reference to J. M. Synge's play Deirdre of the Sorrows dates the letter to circa 1910, when the first production was held at the Abbey Theatre.