Vincent O'Sullivan collection, 1901-1994Rauner Manuscript MS-798

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Vincent O'Sullivan collection

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-798

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

.5 linear ft., 1 box


Vincent O'Sullivan (1868-1940), writer. Contains correspondence and research related to O'Sullivan's work as an author. A typescript copy of introduction to "Opinions" and a proof copy of "Selected Letters" are also included.

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Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains correspondence and research materials related to the author Vincent O'Sullivan. Transcripts of correspondence, as well as some original letters by O'Sullivan are included. Also present is a typescript of the biographical introduction to his book "Opinions" and a proof copy of "Selected Letters."


Vincent O'Sullivan was born in New York City on November 28, 1868. The family moved to London and O'Sullivan became desitute when the family lost all their money gambling on futures at the New York Coffee Exchange. He is the author of many books with macabre and morbid themes including "A Book of Bargains," in 1896, which contained the pact-with the devil stories "The Bargain of Rupert Orange", "The Business of Madame Jahn," and "My Enemy and Myself", which feature reanimated corpses. "When I Was Dead" (1905), "Verschoyle's House" (1915) and "The Burned House" (1916) are ghost stories, while "Will" is a tale of psychic vampirism. O'Sullivan died on July 18, 1940.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1901-1994


Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letters, 1901-1937
  • Folder: 2, Transcripts of letters, 1894-1927, undated
  • Folder: 3, Transcripts of letters, 1928-1929, undated
  • Folder: 4, Transcripts of letters, 1930-1933, undated
  • Folder: 5, Transcripts of letters, 1934, undated
  • Folder: 6, Transcripts of letters, 1935-1940, undated
  • Folder: 7, Transcripts of undated letters, undated
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence re. Vincent O'Sullivan , 1954-1955
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence re. Vincent O'Sullivan , 1956
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence re. Vincent O'Sullivan , 1957
  • Folder: 11, Correspondence re. Vincent O'Sullivan , 1958
  • Folder: 12, Correspondence re. Vincent O'Sullivan , 1959
  • Folder: 13, Correspondence re. Vincent O'Sullivan , 1960-1969
  • Folder: 14, Correspondence re. Vincent O'Sullivan , 1970-1979
  • Folder: 15, Correspondence re. Vincent O'Sullivan , 1980-1989
  • Folder: 16, Correspondence re. Vincent O'Sullivan , 1990-1994
  • Folder: 17, Correspondence re. Vincent O'Sullivan , undated
  • Folder: 18, Research materials, undated
  • Folder: 19, "Opinions," typescript of introduction, undated
  • Folder: 20, "Opinions," reviews, undated
  • Folder: 21, "Selected Letters," proof copy, undated

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