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The Playboy of the Western World and Two Other Irish Plays (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback – 30 Jul 2009

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (30 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140188789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140188783
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

J.M. Synge was born in 1871. 1n 1895 he went to Paris and in the following year met W. B. Yeats and consequently joined the Irish League. He was first a literary adviser and then a director of the Abbey Theatre, and his own plays appeared in repertory. He died in 1909.

Sean O'Casey was born in Dublin in 1880. In 1926 he moved to England. He discouraged any professional performances of his plays in Ireland after the Archbishop of Dublin refused to inaugurate the Dublin festival if his play The Drums of Father Ned (1958) was included. He died in 1964.

W. B. Yeats, the irish dramatist, poet, autobiographer, critic and occult philosopher, was born in 1865. At the age of nineteen he attended an art school in Dublin, but already his central interest was in writing. Towards the end of his life he enjoyed many honours, including the Nobel Prize and membership of the Irish Senate. He died in France in 1939.


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With a good introduction, this collection of plays introduces the reader to the subtleties of Irish playmaking.

Pegeen Mike, in Playboy Of The Western World, is a wonderfully sympathetic and subtle character - infact, the entire play is a subtle delight to read.

Widow Quin is especially literate in her mission to kidnap Christie from the Shebeen so that she may take advantage of him on her smallholding - Quin's speeches are peppered with animals and farmyards.

The conclusion of Playboy is downbeat and doesn't give the audience/reader the satisfaction they crave - perhaps this is why Playboy Of The Western World is a perennial classic.
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