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Creator:  Patrick Mahony

Collection Number:  M12

Title:  Maeterlinck (Maurice) Papers

Dates:  circa 1912-1971

Quantity:  1.9 cubic feet

Abstract:  In 1972, Patrick Mahony donated papers written by and about Nobel Prize winning writer Maurice Maeterlinck.  Mr. Mahony was a Maeterlinck’s literary assistant for five years.  Included are published and unpublished manuscripts, publishing contracts, correspondence, autographed books, and other personal notes. 

 
HISTORICAL SKETCH

            Maurice Maeterlinck was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who wrote primarily in French.  He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911, and according to the Nobel committee at that time, Maeterlinck was given this award "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations.” 
            Though today his literary reputation rests primarily upon his plays, which are considered part of the “Symbolist” literary movement, Maeterlinck spent the later years of his life focusing mainly on philosophical essays dealing with issues of life, death, and afterlife.  In 1932 Maeterlinck was given the title of Count of Belgium.  He died on May 6, 1949.

 

Related Material:

M11 Patrick Mahony Collection

 

Container List:

 

Box 1

Folder 1           Correspondence related to Maurice Maeterlinck (1944-1969)

Folder 2           Manuscripts: Essays written by Maurice Maeterlinck—English and French (circa 1945) NOTE: A very few pages of manuscripts missing. 

Folder 3           Manuscripts: Essays written by Maurice Maeterlinck—English and French as well as a short story. Handwritten on short story manuscript indicates it is the only short story ever written by Maeterlinck, unpublished (circa 1945)

NOTE: A very few pages of manuscripts missing. 

Folder 4           Manuscripts: Essays written by Maurice Maeterlinck—English and French (circa 1945?)

NOTE: A very few pages of manuscripts missing or missing words

Folder 5           Correspondence and contract regarding movie rights to Maeterlinck’s The Blue Bird (circa 1939)

Folder 6           Manuscript: Play adaptation of Maeterlinck’s The Blue Bird by Jill Racy and Paul Nicholson (year unknown)

Folder 7           Letters and legal Documents related to The Blue Bird copyright case (circa 1965)

Folder 8           Legal Documents related to The Blue Bird copyright case (circa 1973)

Folder 9           Legal Documents related to The Blue Bird copyright case (circa 1973-1974)

Folder 10         Manuscript: Screenplay of The Blue Bird by Hugh Whitemore, as well as papers related to a 1975 performance of the play in the USSR (1975)

Folder 11         Manuscript: “Death of Maeterlinck” article by Patrick Mahony (1949)

Folder 12         Newspaper and Magazine articles concerning Maurice Maeterlinck (1946-1952)

Folder 13         Newspaper and Magazine articles concerning Maurice Maeterlinck (1944-1951)

Folder 14         Publication: Le Centenaire de Maurice Maeterlinck (1964)

Folder 15         Tape of phonograph record—Maurice Maeterlinck (Columbia Recording Corporation)

Folder 16         Original Maeterlinck essay and story manuscripts (circa 1940’s)

 

Box 2

Folder 1           Publication: Fascination: The Magazine of Feminine Finesse (1946)

Folder 2           Publication: Think magazine (1945)

Folder 3           Publication: Read (1945)

Folder 4           Publication: Magazine Digest (1946)

Folder 5           Publication: Reading to Remember (1946)

Folder 6           Publication: Pacific Pathways magazine (1946)

Folder 7           Publication: The Personalist (Summer 1948)

Folder 8           Publication: The Personalist (Autumn 1962)

Folder 9           Publication: Annales—Tome Deux (1956)

Folder 10         Publication: Coranto (1971 and 1973)

Folder 11         Publication: Syntheses (1962)

Folder 12         Publication: Belguim—vol. 6, no. 2 and vol. 7, no. 11 (1945-1946)

Folder 13         Publication: Psychic (1971)

Folder 14         Publication: California Crossroads (1965)

Folder 15         Publication: Mark Twain Quarterly (1950)

Folder 16         Publication: Composer (Autumn 1972)

Folder 17         Publication: The Cooperator (1971)

Folder 18         Publication: Composer (Spring 1972)

Folder 19         Publication: The Occult Review (1946)

Folder 20         Publication: Read (1946)

 

Box 3

Item:                LP Recording: Transcripcion Electrica (Columbia Recording Corporation)


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