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This revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition reprints the complete texts of fourteen plays by the major Irish playwrights: W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, J. M. Synge, Bernard Shaw, Sean O#xE2;#x80;#x99;Casey, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Conor McPherson, and Marina Carr. The texts are accompanied by John Harrington#xE2;#x80;#x99;s introduction to the volume and by his detailed explanatory annotations. #xE2;#x80;#x9C;Backgrounds and Criticism#xE2;#x80;#x9D; is chronologically organized by playwright and includes prefaces, letters, journal entries, program notes, and interpretative essays for each play in the volume. In order to provide additional context for readers, these materials are preceded by five essays on the early-twentieth-century #xE2;#x80;#x9C;The Irish Dramatic Revival#xE2;#x80;#x9D; and followed by four essays on the current state of #xE2;#x80;#x9C;Theater in Ireland.#xE2;#x80;#x9D; A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are included.
Photographs by John P. Harrington; collage design by Joan Greenfield. The images in the cover illustration are from the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, the Olympia Theatre, and the Gaiety Theatre-all in Dublin.
Table of Contents
|The Texts of the Plays||p. 1|
|The Pot of Broth||p. 12|
|At the Hawk's Well||p. 20|
|Spreading the News||p. 36|
|The Rising of the Moon||p. 50|
|Riders to the Sea||p. 58|
|The Playboy of the Western World||p. 68|
|John Bull's Other Island||p. 113|
|Juno and the Paycock||p. 197|
|Krapp's Last Tape||p. 247|
|The Weir||p. 309|
|By the Bog of Cats||p. 352|
|Backgrounds and Criticism||p. 399|
|The Irish Dramatic Revival||p. 401|
|Our Irish Theatre||p. 401|
|What Should Be the Subjects of National Drama?||p. 410|
|An Irish National Theatre||p. 412|
|An Irish National Theatre||p. 415|
|[The Collaborations of Yeats and Lady Gregory]||p. 417|
|On W. B. Yeats||p. 424|
|An Introduction for My Plays||p. 424|
|Strangers in the House||p. 426|
|Cathleen ni Houlihan Writes Back||p. 429|
|[At The Hawk's Well]||p. 433|
|On Lady Gregory||p. 443|
|Spreading the News||p. 443|
|A Note on Spreading the News||p. 444|
|The Rising of the Moon||p. 444|
|[Spreading the News]||p. 445|
|Image-Maker for Ireland: Augusta||p. 449|
|On J. M. Synge||p. 453|
|Preface to the Playboy of the Western World||p. 453|
|Preface to the First Edition of the Well of the Saints||p. 454|
|[Journal 1907]||p. 454|
|The Controversy over the Playboy of the Western World||p. 462|
|The First Playboy||p. 464|
|[The Playboy of the Western World]||p. 468|
|On Bernard Shaw||p. 473|
|Preface far Politicians||p. 473|
|The Rejection of Shaw's Irish Play: John Bull's Other Island||p. 481|
|Irish Romance||p. 486|
|John Bull's Other Islander-Bernard Shaw||p. 491|
|On Sean O'Casey||p. 496|
|[Journal 1923-24]||p. 496|
|[Journal 1923-24]||p. 499|
|[Juno and the Paycock]||p. 502|
|[Juno and the Paycock]||p. 506|
|Sensationalizing Sacrifice||p. 513|
|On Samuel Beckett||p. 517|
|Correspondence of Samuel Beckett and Alan Schneider||p. 517|
|[Krapp's Last Tape]||p. 521|
|The Irish Beckett||p. 525|
|Beckett and Yeats: Among the Dreaming Shades||p. 530|
|Chronicles of the Human Heart||p. 535|
|On Brian Friel||p. 540|
|Field Day Theatre Company|
|Program Notes for Translations||p. 540|
|Making a Reply to the Criticisms of Translations||p. 543|
|[Translations: A Night at the Theatre]||p. 546|
|[Review of Translations]||p. 552|
|Translations: On the Page and On the Stage||p. 554|
|On Conor McPherson||p. 559|
|[The Weir]||p. 559|
|Secular Morality in the Plays of Conor McPherson||p. 563|
|The Structural Elegance of Conor McPherson's The Weir||p. 568|
|Pastoral Exhibits: Narrating Authenticities in Conor McPherson's The Weir||p. 572|
|On Marina Carr||p. 577|
|[Introduction to Plays]||p. 577|
|[Interview: On Playing in By the Bog of Cats]||p. 578|
|A Cautionary Tale: Marina Carr's By the Bog of Cats||p. 582|
|Grotesque and Carnivalesque Elements in By the Bog of Cats||p. 587|
|On Theater in Ireland||p. 594|
|[Postcolonialism and Irish Theater]||p. 594|
|Translating Women into Irish Theatre History||p. 600|
|The Abbey Theatre and the Irish State||p. 606|
|Pageants, Parades, and Performance Culture||p. 613|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 633|
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