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Forrest Reid letter to Father O'Keeffe

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0888

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Irish author Forrest Reid wrote to Father O'Keeffe (Denis Canon O'Keeffe) to arrange a meeting for the following week.

This brief letter, handwritten and signed by Forrest Reid, was originally laid in a copy of Reid's novel, Following Darkness, which Reid inscribed to Father O'Keeffe. Following Darkness was published by Arnold in 1912, but later revised and published in 1936 as Peter Waring.


  • Creation: 1918 January 22


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Materials entirely in English.

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Forrest Reid (1875-1947)

Northern Irish novelist Forrest Reid was also a biographer, critic, essayist, and translator.

Born on June 24, 1875 (or 1876 according to some sources), in Belfast, Ireland, Forrest Reid was a founding member of the Irish Academy of Letters.

Reid's last original novel, Young Tom, or, Very Mixed Company, was published in 1944 and won the James Black Tait Memorial Prize for the best work of fiction. Reid died on January 04, 1947, in Belfast, Ireland.

"Forrest Reid." Contemporary Authors Online. (reproduced in Gale Biography In Context). (accessed July 2011).Taylor, Brian.The Green Avenue: the life and writings of Forrest Reid, 1875-1947. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980. Page 181.

Denis Canon O'Keeffe (1882-1952)

Dublin-born Denis Canon O'Keeffe (1882-1952) became an MA in philosophy of the Royal University in 1904 and was ordained a priest in 1908. O'Keeffe was affiliated with Queen's University, Belfast, from 1909 until 1925, when he was appointed chair of ethics and politics at University College, Dublin. He later became dean of the faculty of philosophy at UCD. In Brian Taylor's The Green Avenue: the life and writings of Forrest Reid, 1875-1947, Father O'Keeffe is mentioned on pages 181 as the partial basis for the Jesuit "Father O'Brien" character in Reid's novel Pirates of the Spring. It further mentions that Father O'Keeffe was connected with Queen's University in Belfast.

Ryan, Arthur H. "Denis Canon O'Keeffe, M.A.," in Studies: an Irish Quarterly Review Vol. 41, No. 163/164 (Sep.-Dec., 1952), pp. 309-316. (accessed 2011 August 10).


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Irish author Forrest Reid (1875-1947) wrote to Father O'Keeffe (Denis Canon O'Keeffe, 1882-1952) to arrange a meeting for the following week.


Originally laid in a copy of Forrest Reid's Following Darkness (SPEC PR6035 .E43 F65x 1912), which Reid inscribed to Father O'Keeffe.

Related Materials in this Repository

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

MSS 0099, Forrest Reid letters to H. M. Tomlinson.

Shelving Summary

Box 61, F0888: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.


Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, July 2011. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

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