Writer Samuel Beckett wrote this letter to John Hughes, a schoolboy who was living in Beckett’s childhood home of Cooldrinagh in Foxrock, Ireland
Transcription: Side A
Perhaps you, too, were born in April.
Dear John Hughes,
Thank you for your letter.
My schools were:
- Miss Ellner’s kindergarten on the Leopardstown crossroad between the old Leopardstown level crossing and the main Bray road. The house was then called Tavernus[?].
- Earlsford House School, Dublin, as a dayboy.
- Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, as a boarder.
Transcription: Side B
As a boy I slept with my brother in the room at the top of the house next the [word corrected] attic where the water tank is – or was then.
As an undergraduate, before I went to live in T.C.D. [Trinity College Dublin] , I slept in the tiny room, originally my father’s dressing room, beside the big bedroom with the bay windows (where incidentally I was born).
If you ever meet my ghost in house or grounds, give it my regards. Wishing you happy years in that old home, I am
Source: The Little Museum Collection.