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  • Published: 30 July 2009
  • ISBN: 9780140188783
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
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The Playboy of the Western World and Two Other Irish Plays



Murder, famine and damnation mix with pub banter and village politics in three plays that chart the changing face of Ireland at the turn of the twentieth century

A murderer becomes the toast of the village as his charm negates his crime. A young countess saves her tenants from starvation, but only by selling her soul to the Devil. The sleepy parish of Nyadnanave sees a vision of a cockerel that dares the inhabitants to break the shackles of Church and State. All these plays were met with moral outrage and rioting in their native Ireland.

Yeats's 'The Countess Cathleen' (1892), J. M. Synge's 'The Playboy of the Western World' (1907) and O'Casey's 'Cock-a-doodle Dandy' (1949) emerged from a period of traumatic change for Ireland. While the plays bear witness to the immmense social upheavals of the turn of the twentieth century, they also represent a new age of Irish drama that rose from the turmoil, and their lessons ring true to this day.

  • Published: 30 July 2009
  • ISBN: 9780140188783
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
Categories:

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