O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954

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Shaemas O'Sheel (1886–1954) was an Irish-American poet and critic. Born Shaemas Shields, he changed his surname to the more Gaelic "O'Sheel" soon after high school. He worked for the United States Senate (1913-1916) followed by employment with various newspapers, did publicity and advertising work, and was active in the Irish independence movement. He was "a very ardent Communist and a staunch supporter of the Soviet Union" (letter, O'Sheel to Young, April 17, 1938), though he disagreed vigorously with their foreign policy; as a result many of the usual Communist and radical outlets such as New Masses were closed to him. He published four books of poetry, and his work appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, Harper's, and other national publications.

[Portions of this biographical sketch adapted from O'Sheel's obituary in the New York Times, April 4, 1954.]

From the guide to the Shaemas O'Sheel Letters, 1938-1941, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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referencedIn Viereck, George Sylvester, 1884-1962. George Sylvester Viereck papers, 1924-1938 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1923 September 22, Kansas City, Missouri [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaemas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Coleman Defense Committee. Correspondence with Wanda Gág, 1945. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1917 March 26, New York City [to] Mrs. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaemas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn George Sylvester Viereck papers, 1924-1938 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1915 January 30, Washington [to] Friend [Mr. Edwin Markham], [Staten Island] / [Shaemas O'Sheel]. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter to [George] Sylvester [Viereck]. [Brooklyn, NY.]. 1932 July 27. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1939, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn A. M. Sullivan Papers, 1925-1980 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Jaffe, Louis I. (Louis Isaac), 1888-1950. Editorial correspondence files, M and N, of the Virginian-Pilot [manuscript], 1918-1954. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Shaemas O'Sheel Letters, 1938-1941 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Correspondence file, 1928-1930, from Boni & Liveright and Horace Liveright, Inc. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1914 August 22, Washington [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaemas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Aaron Kramer papers, ca. 1940 -1986. Houghton Library
referencedIn Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. Papers of Joyce Kilmer, 1910-1941 (bulk 1911-1918). Library of Congress
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1923 September 22, Kansas City, Missouri [to] Mrs. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaemas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Robert G. Spivack Papers, 1931-1970, (bulk 1936-1970) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library
creatorOf O'SHeel Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1912 January 9, New York City [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaemas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1915-1942. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1927 November 18, New York City [to] Mr.[Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaemas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter to Mr. Clough. Brooklyn, NY. 1930 Apr. 4. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951,. Letters to Alfred Kreymborg [manuscript], 1921-1956. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf O'Sheel Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1909 March 12, New York City [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaemas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1928 August 28, New York City [to] Mr.[Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaemas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Earl Browder Papers, 1879-1990 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1917 February 27, New York City [to] Mrs. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaemas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1911-1952. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1923 August 9, Independence, Kansas [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaemas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf O'Sheel Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1910-1920, Washington [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaermas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1927 July 3, New York City [to] Mr.[Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaemas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf O'Sheel, Shaemas, 1886-1954. Letter, 1916 January 16, Washington [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Shaemas O'Sheel. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Parrish, Carl. Summer / poem by Shaemas O'Sheil ; music by C.P. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Bachelor, Joseph M. (Joseph Morris), 1889-1947, person
associatedWith Browder, Earl, 1891-1973 person
associatedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Campbell, Joseph, 1879-1944. person
associatedWith Coleman Defense Committee. corporateBody
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. person
associatedWith Jaffe, Louis I. (Louis Isaac), 1888-1950. person
associatedWith Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. person
correspondedWith Kramer, Aaron, 1921- person
associatedWith Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940, person
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith Parrish, Carl. person
correspondedWith Spivack, Robert G. person
associatedWith Sullivan, A. M. (Aloysius Michael), 1896- person
associatedWith Vane, Victor. person
associatedWith Viereck, George Sylvester, 1884-1962, person
associatedWith Young, Art, 1866-1943 person
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Poets, American--20th century--Biography
Literature--American Poetry
Radicals--United States
Communists--United States
Radicalism in literature
Radicalism
Occupation
Poets
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Birth 1886-09-19

Death 1954-04-02

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