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Title: Robert M. Sillard to Walt Whitman, 21 November 1891

Date: November 21, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03775

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. . Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: The annotation, "Sillard," is in an unknown hand.

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No 5. Berkeley St.

Esteemed Sir.

May I ask you to be so kind as to tell me what are your favorite Books and authors.

Pardon me for asking you to write.

With every good wish for your health

I am
yours sincerely
Robt M. Sillard
21 Nov 1891.

Robert Michael Sillard (ca. 1860–1908) was an Irish theatre historian, travel writer, and critic. Sillard lived and worked closely with his brother Peter, a fellow critic, in their native Dublin. In 1908, the brothers moved from Dublin to New York City where they hoped to pursue their literary careers; unfortunately, Robert caught pneumonia and died a few months after their arrival. Sillard is the author of Barry Sullivan and His Contemporaries: A Histrionic Record (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1901), and his essays appeared in numerous periodicals, including Donahoe's Magazine, The Westminster Review, and Fortnightly Review. For more information, see Sillard's obituary, "In Memoriam: Robert Michael Sillard," The Irish Monthly 37.428 (February 1909), 112–114.


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