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O'Casey, Sean, 1880-1964.

"Purple Dust" essay

circa 1962

Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F167

Creator: O'Casey, Sean, 1880-1964.

Title: "Purple Dust" essay

Inclusive Dates: circa 1962

Extent: 1 item (5 pp.)

Abstract: Essay titled "Purple Dust," written by Sean O'Casey, circa 1962.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F167, Sean O'Casey, "Purple Dust" essay, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC MSS 099


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Purchase, 1987.


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Biographical Note

Irish writer Sean O'Casey (1880–1964) authored essays and autobiographical works but is best known for his plays.


"O'Casey, Sean, 1880–1964." Literature Online. (accessed March 19, 2007).

Scope and Content Note

This handwritten manuscript is an early draft of an essay titled "Purple Dust in Their Eyes," published in Under a Colored Cap, in response to Kenneth Tynan's negative review of O'Casey's 1943 comedy Purple Dust.

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Topical Terms
Dramatists, Irish--20th century--Sources.
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Related Materials in this Repository

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

Contents List

Sean O'Casey essay "Purple Dust", circa 1962   [Box 8 F167]

Holograph essay, 5 pp.