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A Critical History of Modern Irish Drama 1891-1980 - D. E. S. Maxwell

A Critical History of Modern Irish Drama 1891-1980

Paperback Published: 21st January 1985
ISBN: 9780521295390
Number Of Pages: 272

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This is a detailed, critical history of Irish drama from the founding of the Irish Literary Theatre to the eighties. Professor Maxwell pays special attention to the fortunes of the Abbey Theatre, home of the best-known Irish playwrights, but also takes account of the Gate Theatre in Dublin and the Group, Arts and Lyric Theatres in Belfast. The main focus of the book is on the dramatists. At appropriate chronological points Professor Maxwell gives extended critical assessment of the work of the major writers: Yeats, Synge, O'Casey, Denis Johnston, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel. He comments also on other dramatists who have given Irish drama its distinctive voice, from George Fitzmaurice and St John Ervine, to Thomas Kilroy and Graham Reid. While arguing that Irish drama has a deeply indigenous nature, the book also evaluates its dealings with the European drama of Ibsen, the Symbolists and the Expressionists. A useful chronology, select bibliography and production photographs complement the text.

List of illustrations
Dreams and responsibilities: 1891-1904
Possible forms: the early plays
Difficult, irrelevant words
An art of common things: 1905-1910
A painted stage: 1911-1929
Plays and controversies
The mill of the mind
The plays, the players and the scenes: 1930-1955
Explorations 1956-1982
The honour of naming
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521295390
ISBN-10: 0521295394
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 21st January 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.4