Our Irish Theatre: A Chapter of Autobiography

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CHAPTER IV
THE FIGHT OVER "THE PLAYBOY"

WHEN Synge Shadow of the Glen was first played in the Molesworth Hall in 1903, some attacks were made on it by the Sinn Fein weekly newspaper. In the play the old husband pretends to be dead, the young wife listens to the offers of a young farmer, who asks her to marry him in the chapel of Rathvanna when "Himself will be quiet a while in the Seven Churches." The old man jumps up, drives her out of the house, refusing to make peace, and she goes away with a tramp, a stranger from the roads. Synge was accused of having borrowed the story from another country, from "a decadent Roman source," the story of the widow of Ephesus, and given it an Irish dress. He declared he had been told this story in the West of Ireland. It had already been given in Curtin's tales. Yet the same cry has been made from time to time. But it happened last winter I was at Newhaven, Massa

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Illustrations v
  • Chapter I - THE THEATRE IN THE MAKING 1
  • Chapter II - THE BLESSING OF THE GENERATIONS 50
  • Chapter III - PLAY-WRITING 78
  • Chapter IV - THE FIGHT OVER "THE PLAYBOY" 109
  • Chapter V - SYNGE 119
  • Chapter VI - THE FIGHT WITH THE CASTLE 140
  • Chapter VII - "THE PLAYBOY" IN AMERICA 169
  • Appendices 259
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