Brian Friel: Plays 2 Dancing at Lughnasa, Fathers and Sons, Making History, Wonderful Tennessee and Molly Sweeney

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/30/1999
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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This second collection of Brian Friel's plays includes some of his most acclaimed work for the stage. The plays included are Dancing at Lughnasa, Fathers and Sons, Making History, Wonderful Tennessee and Molly Sweeney. The collection is introduced by Christopher Murray.

Author Biography

Brian Friel was born in Omagh, County Tyrone (Northern Ireland) in 1929. He received his college education in Derry, Maynooth and Belfast and taught at various schools in and around Derry from 1950 to 1960. He is the author of many plays that have taken their place in the canon of Irish Literature, including Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1964), Lovers (1967), Translations (1980), The Communication Cord (1982), and Dancing at Lughnasa (1990). In 1980 he founded the touring theatre company, Field Day, with Stephen Rea.

Table of Contents

Dancing at Lughnasa
"The play, brilliantly constructed, is the best Friel has yet written."--Observer

Fathers and Sons (after Turgenev)
"A delicately written play that subtly alters the emphasis of Turgenev's book in the light of modern experience."--Guardian

Making History
"This is Friel's most accomplished and important play since Translations...It has the same suppleness of argument and beauty of writing."--Financial Times

Wonderful Tennessee
"Friel is a master...The play is a brilliantly notated fugue of laughter and lament."--New Yorker

Molly Sweeney
"A dramatic poem of cumulative power and irresistible poignancy."--Observer

"Of all the contemporary authors, there is no one I admire more highly than Brian Friel...Molly Sweeney is magnificent, and I read it with great joy."--Peter Brook

"Once again, Friel has achieved a masterpiece."--Independent on Sunday

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