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Hale, Emily, 1891-1969
Emily Hale Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1929-1967 (mostly 1929-1930)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists chiefly of selected letters of J. J. Hayes sent to Emily Hale related to the Irish theater in the first quarter of the twentieth century.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected correspondence of James Juvenal Hayes Hayes and T. S. Eliot collected by Emily Hale, related to an upcoming trip to Dublin, Ireland. Hayes was the Irish theater literary critic and correspondent for the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and in his letters, he provides Hale with information regarding developments occurring in the Irish theater in the first quarter of the twentieth century. He writes about the Abbey Theatre and the Gate Theatre which was started by Hilton Edwards and Micheál Mac Liammóir, and the latter's effect on the decline of the former. Hayes relates how the emergence of new Irish authors producing their works at the Gate contributed to its success. He criticizes some Irish authors and performances at the Gates Theatre including those of Curtis Canfield, Denis Johnston (and his The Old Lady Says No), Thomas Cornelius Murray (and his The Pipe in the Fields), Lennox Robinson's Ever the Twain, and the plays Dover Road, Juggernaut, and Ten Nights in a Barroom. Hayes' letters also include details of his travels in Ireland. In addition, there are two letters by T. S. Eliot to Emily Hale discussing English and American authors and poets, such as W. H. Auden and Ezra Pound, and one letter and a photograph of F. C. Armstrong.

There is a typed note initialed by Hale, dated 1967, explaining her relationship with both Hayes and Armstrong.


Arranged by correspondent.

Collection Creator Biography:

Hale, Emily, 1891-1969

Emily Hale was born on October 27, 1891. She was an actress and stage director, and taught drama and voice instruction at Simmons College, Milwaukee-Downer College in Wisconsin, Scripps College, and Abbott Academy. She met the poet T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) while he was at pursuing a graduate degree at Harvard, and maintained a lifelong and close friendship with the poet, corresponding with him and routinely visiting him over several decades. Out of his reminiscing of their former relationship, Eliot composed "Burnt Norton" published as the last poem in his Collected Poems 1909-1935 (1936). Hale died in 1969.

Collection History


The material was a gift of the author on March 24, 1962 (AM20907).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on December 1, 2008. Finding aid written by Natalie Kim on December 4, 2008. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Emily Hale Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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