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Envoy, A Review of Literature and Art records, 1949-1951

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Morris Library

Special Collections Research Center

1835 University Press Drive

Carbondale, IL 62901


Fax: 618-453-3451

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Envoy, A Review of Literature and Art.
Title: Envoy, A Review of Literature and Artrecords, 1949-1951
Call Number:MSS 043
Extent: 6 boxes; 1.68 linear feet
Abstract: Records of Envoy, A Review of Literature and Art including correspondence and manuscripts.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

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Collection Description

Historical Note

During its brief existence, Envoy, A Review of Literature and Art, published the work of a broad range of writers, Irish and others. The first to publish J. P. Donleavy, Brendan Behan's first short stories and his first poem, and an extract from Samuel Beckett's "Watt," Envoy was begun by John Ryan, a Dublin artist, who was editor and prime mover. Among the distinguished associate editors were Valentin Iremonger, Irish diplomat and poet who served as poetry editor, J. K. Hillman, Michael Huron, and Owen Quinn.

In December of 1949 Envoy was inaugurated in response to Irish trade and censorship restrictions which had forced many writers to seek publication outside their homeland. Though the Envoy Publishing Company's goal of publishing books died with the magazine in July, 1951, the short-lived enterprise succeeded, with the lone publication of Valentin Iremonger's prize-winning book of poetry Reservations, and with its lively magazine, in breaching some of the barriers of Irish publication, as well as providing outstanding prose, poetry, criticism, and reviews of the contemporary Irish art scene during its twenty-month existence.

Among Envoy contributors were Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan, Anton Chekhov (in translation), Padriac Colum, Anthony Cronin, Aidan Higgins, Pearse Hutchinson, Maria Jolas (in translation), Patrick Kavanagh, who wrote the monthly "Diary," Mary Lavin, Ethel Mannin, Lionel Miskin, Brian O'Nolan, Edward Sheehy, Francis Stuart, Patrick Swift, Arland Ussher, Thomas Woods, and many others.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mainly of published and unpublished manuscripts and letters to Envoy of a literary nature. Other correspondence includes incoming business letters and out-going letters, which are organized into separate files in alphabetical order. Published manuscript material has been organized by issue in boxes 1-3, in chronological order from its founding issue in December, 1949, to its demise in July, 1951. Within the issue folder, items have been arranged in the order in which they appeared; unidentified manuscripts and correspondence are in box 4, folders 2 and 3 respectively. Literary correspondence and unpublished manuscripts are in boxes 4 and 5, arranged alphabetically, and a scrapbook of clippings related to Envoy is also in box 4. General correspondence is in box 6, arranged alphabetically, and outgoing correspondence is in alphabetical order by the recipient with miscellaneous business materials in box 7. Twenty-one issues of Envoy (two copies of the February, 1951 issue) and a copy of the June 1942 issue of The Bell complete the collection. [Removed to periodicals-RBR 7/8/74-KWD]

Arrangement Note

Arranged by material type.

Finding Aid Note

Index to selected correspondents available.

Selected Search Terms

Topical Terms

Irish poetry-20th century.

Poets, Irish--20th century

Container List

11 Envoy inventory
12December, 1949, vol. 1, no. 1
13January, 1950, vol. 1, no.2
14February, 1950, vol. 1, no. 3
15March 1950, vol. 1, no. 4
16April, 1950, vol. 2, no. 5
17May 1950, vol. 2, no. 6
18June 1950, vol. 2, no. 7
21July 1950, vol. 3, no. 8
22August, 1950, vol. 3, no. 9
23September, 1950, vol. 3, no. 10
24October, 1950, vol. 3, no. 11
25November, 1950, vol. 3, no. 12
26December, 1950, vol. 4, no. 13
31January, 1951, vol. 4, no. 14
32February, 1951, vol. 4, no. 15
33March, 1951, vol. 4, no. 16
34April 1951, vol. 5, no. 17
35May 1951, vol. 5, no. 18
36June 1951, vol. 5, no. 19
37July 1951, vol. 5, no. 20
41Scrapbook of clippings related to Envoy
42Manuscripts, unpublished and unidentified
43Correspondence, unidentified
Literary Correspondence and Unpublished Manuscripts
44Abse, Dannie - Anderson, Robin
45Beckett, Samuel - Behan, Brendan
46Benda, Julien - Braybrook, Neville
47Brett, Charles - Carney, Matthew
48Clark, Desmond - Colum, Padriac
49Connor, Rearden - Dillon, Gerald
410Dillon, Joseph P. - Foley, Brian
411Fox, Richard Michael - Gunston, David
51Gustafson, Ralph - [?] Humphrey
52Humphreys, William - Kennan, Gerald
53Keeri-Santo, E. - MacDonagh, Donagh
54MacDonagh, P. - Mishkin, Lionel
55Mitcheson, Naomi - Reid, Nano
56Rexroth, Kenneth - Ryan, John
57Salkeld, Blanaid - Voigt, Fritz August
58Wagner, Geoffrey - Wrafter, Denis
General Correspondence
61General correspondence, A - B
62General correspondence, C - D
63General correspondence, E - F
64General correspondence, G - J
65General correspondence, K - M
66General correspondence, N - P
67General correspondence, Q - Z