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Drafts by Brinsley MacNamara

Call Number: MS 202


Collection of unbound drafts: novels and plays.


  • Creation: approximately 1917-1930s


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Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of A.E. Weldon (1890-1963)

A.E. or John Weldon, also known as Brinsley MacNamara and Oliver Blyth, was an Irish dramatist and novelist who wrote under the name of Brinsley MacNamara as a rule. Born in County Westmeath, Ireland, Weldon moved to Dublin in 1909 and joined the Abbey Players as an actor.

Weldon's first published novel, The Valley of the Squinting Windows (1918), portrayed caricatures of several individuals with whom he grew up in Delvin, and so infuriated the community the book was burned. Other novels by Weldon included The Mirror in the Dusk (1921) and Michael Caravan (1946), among others. Several of Weldon's plays were produced by the Abbey Players over the next decades, including The Rebelion in Ballycullion (1919), The Glorious Heffernans! (1926), and Margaret Gillan (1933). Weldon also served as a drama critic for the Irish Times.

Weldon married Ellen Degidon in 1920; they had a son, Oliver, born in 1921. Weldon had a long and distinguished career with the National Gallery from 1925-1960.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 document cases)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

MS 202

Immediate Source of Acquisition

O'Hegarty acquisition.

Guide to the MacNamara (Brinsley) Collection
Drafts by Brinsley MacNamara
Finding aid prepared by alh, November 14, 1985.
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Drafts by Brinsley MacNamara, Department of Special Collections, MS 202, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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