I think the previous reviewer made a mistake regarding the actual rating stars of this item, based on his/her written response. This book is wonderful and gives a great background on Friel. For scholars of Irish theatre and Irish history, Friel represents the link between the early 20th century drama of the Isle and the later writers. He is a common key that reinvigorated the Irish theatre scene to tackle the emerging problems of a modernizing postcolonial state. The price is a bit steep, but a must have for the Irish theatre scholar.