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T.C. Murray, dramatist : voice of rural Ireland /
Albert J. DeGiacomo.
1st ed.
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2003.
xvi, 196 p.
0815629451 (hardcover (cloth) : alk. paper)
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Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2003.
0815629451 (hardcover (cloth) : alk. paper)
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Albert J. DeGiacomo is an assistant professor in the English and Theater Department at Berea College in Kentucky.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-01-15:
A second-generation playwright for Dublin's acclaimed Abbey Theatre, Murray enjoyed international popularity from 1912 to about 1950. While well crafted and deeply in contact with rural Irish life, his plays were classical in structure and maintained a strong unity of theme: the need for social, religious, and individual freedom. In this academic monograph based on a dissertation, DeGiacomo (English, Berea Coll.) begins with a biography and ends with a short critical assessment. He reveals, for instance, that Murray, a reclusive Roman Catholic schoolteacher, felt like an outsider among Abbey directors W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, and Lennox Robinson, who were all Protestant. In between the biographical portions are four chapters that examine 17 plays. A plot summary, a review of performances in Ireland and abroad, and initial critical response are included for each. The academic apparatus is well managed, if a bit old-fashioned, and there is an impressively long bibliography. The first book-length survey of Murray, this is recommended for specialists in theater or Irish literature studies.-Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This is a study of Irish dramatist T.C. Murray which assesses his contribution to the dramatic movement and spans his life and career from 1873 to 1959.
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The first book-length study of Irish dramatist T. C. Murray.
Table of Contents
Abbreviationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Schoolmaster Dramatistp. 3
Realism, Cork Style: The Early Playsp. 30
Spring and Autumn: The Middle Playsp. 70
The Continental Touch: The Experimental Playsp. 106
A Final Illumination: The Later Playsp. 134
Cloistral Quiet: Critical Evaluationp. 159
Works Citedp. 171
Indexp. 183
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