Collection SC047 - Oliver St. John Gogarty collection

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Oliver St. John Gogarty collection

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UVICSP SC047

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  • ca. 1905-1954 (Creation)
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    Gogarty, Oliver St. John, 1878-1957

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1 cm of textual records

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Oliver St. John Gogarty was born in Dublin, Ireland, and educated at Stonyhurst, Trinity College, Oxford, and Vienna before qualifying as a surgeon. In addition, he was a writer associated with the Irish Renaissance. He was acquainted with George Moore, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, and George Russell (AE), and recalled his youthful days in Dublin in his memoirs "As I Was Going Down Sackville Street" and "Tumbling in the Hay". He is the original of the character of Buck Milligan in Joyce's "Ulysses". Gogarty was appointed a Senator of the Irish Free State in 1922 and was active in political life until 1936, when the Senate was abolished. He moved to the United States in 1939 and died in New York City.

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The collection consists of letters and verse written by Gogarty to G. K. A. Bell, Ulick O'Connor, and others [some of this material used in: Ulick O'Connor's The Times I've Seen: Oliver St. John Gogarty, NY, Obelensky, 1963, (SC) PR6013 O28Z8]. The others include 2 hls to W.R.. Fearon (1937), 3 pp re evidence given by Fearon in Henry Morris Sinclair's libel suit against Gogarty; 1 hls, 1 p to the President of the Irish Free State (11.09.38); 1 tls with h. additions, 3 pp to J.M.N. Jeffries (16.05.1933); 1 p h. with an 8 line comic verse about Hitler signed and dated 13.01.44; 1 tls., 1 p to "Seamus" (13.09.49); 1 tls. 2 pp to Mr. Smart (21.04.52). Also included is a holograph verse 6 pp. "To his Extraordinary Friend George Kennedy Allen Bell about to go to Switzerland," no date, on stationary headed "The Tower, Sandycove".

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History; Humorous poetry, Irish; Irish poetry--20th century; Legal documents; Literature

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Revised by JF, August 6, 2013.

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