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Colum, Padraic, 1881-1972.

"Timbuktu" playscript and letter


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F643

Creator: Colum, Padraic, 1881-1972.

Title: "Timbuktu" playscript and letter

Inclusive Dates: [1959]

Extent: 2 items

Abstract: Playscript for Padraic Colum's "Timbuktu" and letter from Colum to "Kornfeld." Letter was laid in the playscript.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F643, Padraic Colum, "Timbuktu" playscript and letter, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC MSS 099


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Purchase, 2000.


Processed and encoded by Debra Johnson, February 2007.

The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Irish writer Padraic Colum (1881–1972) published over fifty books of poetry, fiction, drama, nonfiction, children's literature, and folklore during his lifetime. Colum developed close relationships with other members of the Irish Literary Renaissance, including W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, George Russell [AE], James Stephens, and James Joyce. Colum was an original signer of the charter for the Abbey Theatre and wrote several of the Abbey Theatre's earliest plays, but he is primarily remembered for his poetry.

"Kornfeld" in this collection may refer to Lawrence Kornfeld (b. 1930), a theatrical figure at The Living Theatre from 1957–1961.


"Colum, Padraic, 1881–1972." Literature Online. (accessed February 6, 2007).

"Lawrence Kornfeld (American theatrical director, 1930–)." Biography Resource Center. (accessed February 8, 2007.)

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains an undated letter from Padraic Colum addressed to "Kornfeld" which is laid in the playscript of Colum's "Timbuktu." "Kornfeld" may refer to Lawrence Kornfeld (b. 1930) a theatrical figure at The Living Theatre from 1957–1961. On the first page of the playscript, there is an autographed inscription "This was given to The Living Theatre by Padraic Colum in 1959/ Julian Beck/ NYC/ Feb 1985." The play is subtitled "A Comedy in Three Acts."

Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Kornfeld, Lawrence, 1930-
Corporate Names
Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
Topical Terms
English drama--Irish authors--20th century--Sources.
Authors, Irish--20th century--Correspondence.
Form/Genre Terms
Scripts (documents)
Letters (correspondence)

Related Materials in this Repository

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

MSS 147 Padraic Colum papers

Detailed Contents List

Padraic Colum "Timbuktu" playscript and letter, [1959]   [Box 39 F643]

Typescript and autograph letter signed.