editor's introduction to front with chronology, list of abreviations & sources; volume one only (of two) of the correspondence of the distinguished Irish author, J. M. Synge portrays his life, his career as a playwright, and his involvement in the running of the Abbey Theatre. After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, Synge left for Europe to write poetry. If W. B. Yeats had not discovered him in Paris and persuaded him to return to Ireland and absorb its native traditions, the Irish renaissance might have lost its best playwright. As it was, Synge's poetry of Celtic romanticism was rather more tempered with a European realism than Yeats and his renaissance had anticipated. Yeats sent Synge to the West of Ireland to get to know the peasants there. Set in County Mayo, Synge's masterpiece, 'The Playboy of the Western World' (1907), touched off rioting at the theatre. The playboy is Christy Mahon, a lout who becomes a hero among the Mayo peasantry when he boasts he has murdered his father. This satire on Irish romanticism conceals a parable of the poet's development and estrangement from his public. But Dublin nationalists heard only the people slandered, and Dublin prudery heard only the forbidden word "shifts" on Christy's lips. Playboy was the last play Synge saw staged. He died of cancer at age 37, never having completed Deirdre of the Sorrows (1910), his only work in the Celtic legendary mode.
First Edition; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Gilt titles spine; Dust Jacket un-clipped & in archive acetate film protection; light blue end-papers; Includes index of recipients & general index.
Author Saddlemyer, Ann (editor)
Binding Hardcover (Original Blue Cloth)
Publisher Oxford University Press, Oxford
Condition As New/As New
Pages xxx + 385