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Rose given to George Bernard Shaw by Millicent “Cynthia” Stephens

 Item — Box: MSE/IR Doc CC-1
Identifier: MSE/IR 1011

Scope and Contents

An envelope containing the dried petals of a red rose. The envelope bears a notation from George Bernard Shaw "A red rose given to me by Mrs. Jas. Stephens... Mch. 7/25."


  • Creation: 1925-03-07

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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) likely made the acquaintance of writer James Stephens (1880?-1950) between 1907 and 1916. Both were prominent within Irish literary circles in this period, with Shaw associated with the Abbey Theatre and Stephens with both the Theatre of Ireland and the Irish Review.

In 1907 Stephens began a relationship with his married landlady, Millicent Josephine Gardner Kavanagh. Together they raised her daughter Iris Kavanagh (b. 1907) and had one son, James Naoise Stephens (1909-1937). Kavanagh would eventually marry Stephens in May 1919, following the death of her long estranged husband, Harry Kavanagh.

In 1925 the Stephens family relocated from Dublin to Kingsbury, a suburb of London, where James would remain active in literary life. George Bernard Shaw was himself a fixture amongst both the Dublin and London literati at the time.


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 Folder)

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MSE/IR 1010, George Bernard Shaw Letter to Gene Tunney, 1946 December 4 : typescript copy, signed with annotations; MSE/IR 1012, James Stephens Letter and Poem.

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