Padraic Colum letter to Harry [Salzberg]

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

This letter mentions "Mollie," which is a reference to his wife, Mary Colum. He also writes that "I asked the Commonweal about [Hillaire] Belloc." There is also a reference to the Reform Club (London, England). Under the signature, there is an additional inscription in pencil.