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James Stephens Letter and Poem

Identifier: MSE/IR 1012

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a single letter sent from James Stephens to a woman named Nan, as well as a poem, “Optimist,” by Stephens.


  • Creation: 1925


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

James Stephens (1880? - 1950) was likely born in Dublin 1880 (though usually listed as 1882), the second son of Francis Stephens and Charlotte Collins. In the 1920s Stephens, a nationalist and revivalist, became increasingly soured on the political and literary climates in Ireland following the Civil War and moved to Kingsbury, a suburb of London. He rarely returning to Ireland. In that year he also engaged in two lecture tours in the United States. James Stephens died 26 December 1950 at his home in Kingsbury, and is buried in the old graveyard in Kingsbury.


0.5 Cubic Feet (Two folders)

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Processing Information

Processed as a collection. The two items had been grouped together as a legacy collection for some years, however, there is no extant record indicating their relationship or provenance.

Lauren Jean
27 October 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556