The Playboy Of The Western World And Riders To The Sea

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The Playboy Of The Western World And Riders To The Sea

by J. M. Synge

Dover Publications | May 12, 1993 | Trade Paperback |

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Two dramas set among the folk of the Aran Islands and western Irish coastlands. The Playboy of the Western World deals with a hero''s progress, from timid weakling to paragon of bravery. Riders to the Sea is an elegy to those who live at the mercy of the sea. Includes Synge''s preface to The Playboy of the Western World.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 64 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: May 12, 1993

Publisher: Dover Publications

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0486275620

ISBN - 13: 9780486275628

Appropriate for ages: 14

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The Playboy Of The Western World And Riders To The Sea

The Playboy Of The Western World And Riders To The Sea

by J. M. Synge

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 64 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: May 12, 1993

Publisher: Dover Publications

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0486275620

ISBN - 13: 9780486275628

About the Book

Two lyrical, beautifully crafted dramas set among the folk of the Aran Islands and western Irish coastlands. Reprinted from authoritative editions, complete with Synge's preface to The Playboy of the Western World. New introductory Note.

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Two dramas set among the folk of the Aran Islands and western Irish coastlands. The Playboy of the Western World deals with a hero''s progress, from timid weakling to paragon of bravery. Riders to the Sea is an elegy to those who live at the mercy of the sea. Includes Synge''s preface to The Playboy of the Western World.

About the Author

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. The result was, in addition to the journal The Aran Islands (1907), two short plays for the Abbey: The Shadow of the Glen (1903), in which a comic resurrection interrupts a widow's marriage bargaining, and Riders to the Sea (1904), about a mother's loss of her last son, a perfect condensed tragedy and probably the finest one-act play. The poorly received The Well of the Saints (1905), whose characters vehemently reject reality for comfortable illusion, offered the Abbey audience a warning of what was to come. This was Synge's masterpiece, The Playboy of the Western World (1907), which touched off rioting at the theater. The playboy is Christy Mahon, a lout who becomes a hero among the Mayo peasantry when he boasts he has murdered his father. 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 p
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