Margaretta D'Arcy postcard to Bernard McKenna

Biographical and Historical Notes

Margaretta D'Arcy (1934- )

Irish playwright Margaretta D'Arcy (1934- ) is known for addressing Irish nationalism, civil liberties, and women's rights in her politically charged work. She frequently collaborates with her husband, playwright John Arden.


"Margaretta (Ruth) D'Arcy." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Literature Resource Center). (accessed August 17, 2007)

Scope and Content Note

Handmade autograph postcard from Margaretta D'Arcy to Bernard McKenna. D'Arcy notes that she is on her way to "Beijing for Human Rights for Women," believed to be the Beijing Conference for Human Rights. The postcard is made of a piece of thick red paper with a photograph attached to the front. In addition to her handwritten message, D'Arcy has glued a typed description of the photo: "Cairnpapple Hill, West Lothian -- originally an important site of matriarchal spirituality, whose structures trace the emergence, in stages, of patriarchal forms of worship. The tomb was raided in the 1940's."