ROBINSON, Lennox (1886-1958). Irish playwright, director and editor.
Collection comprising some twenty-nine letters to Robinson, two letters and an autograph article by him, various dates.
The archive comprises the following pieces, several of which have been lightly scored through by the recipient or bear his annotations.
Yvonne Arnaud: Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages 8vo, Midland Hotel Manchester, 10 March 1939, thanking him for a script, promising to read it and to try to interest a manager in it.
Gordon Bottomley: Four Autograph Letters Signed, 4 pages 4to and 8vo and a postcard, Fife, York, Chilham Castle and Oxford, 1937-39, recalling their meeting in Scotland, discussing an article and a cartoon, agreeing to contribute to a symposium on Yeats, etc.
Harley Granville Barker: Autograph Letter Signed on a postcard, Paris, 4 February 1924, regretting that he would not be back in England until April and adding that 'We don't go to theatres'.
Lilian Braithwaite: Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages 8vo, 2 Pelham Crescent, 11 August no year, promising a box, and commenting on her performance in "Fresh Fields".
James Bridie: Typewritten Letter Signed, 1 page 4to, Drymen, Stirlingshire, 6 May 1939, submitting a play from a friend for consideration by the Abbey and adding that 'I see that Sam's play is getting to London at last'.
Mrs Patrick Campbell: Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page 4to, New York, 13 October 1933, agreeing to play a part if LR could find a backer.
Edward Gordon Craig: Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages 8vo, St Germain en Laye, 5 January 1937, describing a visit to Moscow in 1935 and meeting Yeats in 1934 ('what a delight it was to see him') etc.
Edmund Dulac: 3 Autograph Letters Signed, 3 pages 8vo, Holland Park, May and June 1939, agreeing to write an appreciation of Yeats.
Desmond Fitzgerald: Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages 8vo closely-written, Dublin, 30 October 1928, a good letter largely about the Censorship Bill.
J L Garvin: Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages 4to, Gregories, Beaconsfield, 14 July 1931, regretfully putting off a visit, and discussing his overwork at some length.
Oliver St John Gogarty: 2 Autograph Letters Signed ('Oliver'), 3 page 4to, 11 Mansfield Street, 15 and 23 May 1939, agreeing to attempt to write something [about Yeats], suggesting William Rothenstein ('He was full of praise for Yeats's gallantry & intellectual courage this afternoon at the Tate'), and sending his contribution.
Richard Hughes: agreeing to let the Dublin Drama League do the Comedy, and discussing the casting at length.
Douglas Hyde: Autograph Letter Signed 3½ pages 8vo, Frenchpark, 7 August 1930, thanking LR for sending his old letters, inviting him to visit ('I'll tell you all I know about John Quinn, and show you a lot of most delightful letters from him').
Sir John Lavery: Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages 4to, 5 Cromwell Place, Christmas Day, ?1928, asking permission to quote LR, and sending personal news.
W J Leech: Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page 4to, Yorkshire, 29 July 1938, discussing one of his paintings now in LR's possession.
Sir William Rothenstein: 2 Autograph Letters Signed, 3 pages 8vo (oblong), Stroud, May and June 1939, both letters about Yeats.
Elizabeth Russell: 2 Autograph Letters Signed, 2 pages 4to (rather torn) and a postcard, Mas Des Roses, Alpes Maritimes, and Italy, February and March ?1939, making arrangements for a visit by the Robinsons.
Edith Somerville: Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page 4to, Drishane House, 3 October 1938, accepting an invitation but refusing to speak at the Academy dinner.
Pamela Travers: Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages 8vo, London, 4 October no year, regretting missing LR in Dublin.
W J Turner: Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page 4to, 29 Sussex Place, 9 May 1939, agreeing to contribute to the 'memorial number' on Yeats, and setting out his terms.
Unidentified: Fine Autograph Letter Signed about Yeats, 1 page 4to, Brussels, 26 May 1939, ('my answer would have been cruel as regards the death of the Poet who had violated the laws of the Bards since so many years. I could not even write to the widow ...')
Lennox Robinson: Autograph manuscript of an article, 'Missing so much and so much', 3 pages 4to, signed at the foot. A brief reminscence beginning with an anecdote of a former American Minister who enjoyed hunting in Ireland, touching on the poverty of LR's upbringing, and contemplating whether he had really 'missed' university education and Trinity College in particular.
Autograph Letter Signed on a postcard to Bethel [Solomons] sending some autographs for his collection, with an autograph envelope.
Autograph Letter Signed to Mrs Solomons, ½-page 4to (torn), Dalkey, Co Dublin, inviting her to bring the children to a party.
Exhibition catalogue of paintings by Dolly Robinson, signed by LR and several others including Jack B Yeats and Oliver St John Gogarty.
The image is of one page of Robinson's article.