Padraic Colum letters to Edward Frank Allen

Biographical and Historical Notes

Padraic Colum (1881-1972)

Irish writer Padraic Colum (1881-1972), published over fifty books of poetry, fiction, drama, nonfiction, children's literature, and folklore during his lifetime. Colum developed close relationships with other members of the Irish Literary Renaissance, including W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, George Russell [AE], James Stephens, and James Joyce. Colum was an original signer of the charter for the Abbey Theatre and wrote several of the Abbey Theatre's earliest plays, but he is primarily remembered for his poetry.


"Colum, Padraic, 1881-1972." Literature Online. (accessed February 6, 2007).

Scope and Content Note

The first letter describes the publishing and payment of a literary work, "Achill" in Lippincott's Magazine and a request for editor Edward Frank Allen to review other works, including one by his wife, Mary Colum. The second letter describes a submission of a literary work by his wife for Lippincott's Magazine.