John Millington Synge and the Irish Theatre

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JOHN MILLINGTON SYNGE
AND THE IRISH THEATRE

CHAPTER I
EARLY LIFE:FORMATIVE IFLUENCES

And so when all my little work is done They'll say I came in Eightecn-seventy-one. . . Poems: On An Inniversary ( ii. 216).

IT was on April 16 of the fatal year when Ireland was watching with the keenest interest the conclusion of the Franco-Prussian war1 that Edmund John Millington Synge was born at Newtown Little, near Rathfarnham, a suburban village three and three-quarter miles south of Dublin. He was the youngest child in a family of eight, three of whom ( John William, Kathleen and Basil) had died when very young. One sister, three brothers, and several nephews survive him.

Of his parents little need be said. His father was the late John Hatch Synge, barrister-at-law, a modest, thoughtful man who preferred the quiet of home life to any outside amusement.

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Cf. L. Paul-Dubois, Contemporary Ireland, Part I, chap. ii, § v.

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