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.
From the Publisher
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