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Ervine, St. John G. (St. John Greer), b. 1883.

"The Preacher's Practice" short story


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F313

Creator: Ervine, St. John G. (St. John Greer), b. 1883.

Title: "The Preacher's Practice" short story

Inclusive Dates: undated

Extent: 2 items (27 pp.)

Abstract: "The Preacher's Practice" is an undated short story by Irish playwright St. John Ervine.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F313, St. John G. (St. John Greer) Ervine, "The Preacher's Practice" short story, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC MSS 099


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Purchase, 1990.


Processed and encoded by Debra Johnson, February 2007.

The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Irish playwright, drama critic, and author St. John Greer Ervine (1883–1971) is best known for his plays, some of which were staged at the Abbey Theatre. He also managed the Abbey Theatre for a brief period.


"St. John Greer Ervine 1883–1971." Literature Resource Center. (accessed March 16, 2007).

"St. John Ervine is dead at 87." New York Times, January 25, 1971, (accessed February 22, 2007).

Scope and Content Note

This small collection contains a short story, "The Preacher's Practice," and a newspaper obituary clipping of St. John Greer Ervine. There is an autograph addition on the cover sheet along with a stamp from the literary agent Paul R. Reynolds. The first page of the text bears a cross through of Ervine's name and address. The obituary clipping has an autograph of the date January 22, 1971. His date of death is actually January 24, 1971.

Selected Search Terms

Corporate Names
Paul R. Reynolds.
Topical Terms
English fiction--Irish authors--20th century--Sources.
Form/Genre Terms
Short stories.

Related Materials in this Repository

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

Detailed Contents List

St. John G. (St. John Greer) Ervine short story "The Preacher's Practice" , undated   [Box 17 F313]

Carbon typescript (26 pp.) with an autograph addition and one clipping (1 p.).