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Timbuktu : playscript and letter

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0643

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains an undated letter from Padraic Colum addressed to "Kornfeld" which is laid in the playscript of Colum's "Timbuktu." "Kornfeld" may refer to Lawrence Kornfeld (b. 1930) a theatrical figure at The Living Theatre from 1957-1961. On the first page of the playscript, there is an autographed inscription "This was given to The Living Theatre by Padraic Colum in 1959/ Julian Beck/ NYC/ Feb 1985." The play is subtitled "A Comedy in Three Acts."


  • Creation: [1959]


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

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.

"Kornfeld" in this collection may refer to Lawrence Kornfeld (b. 1930), a theatrical figure at The Living Theatre from 1957-1961.

"Colum, Padraic, 1881-1972." Literature Online. (accessed February 6, 2007)."Lawrence Kornfeld (American theatrical director, 1930-)." Biography Resource Center. (accessed February 8, 2007.)


2 item


Playscript for Padraic Colum's "Timbuktu" and letter from Colum to "Kornfeld." Letter was laid in the playscript.


Purchase, 2000.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

MSS 0147 Padraic Colum papers.

Shelving Summary

Box 39, F0643: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

OCLC Number


Processed and encoded by Debra Johnson, February 2007. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

Finding aid for Timbuktu : playscript and letter
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2007 February 8
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