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Our Irish Theatre

Our Irish Theatre( )
Author: Gregory, Isabella Augusta
Publication Date:Oct 2013
Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $8.99
Book Description:

Our Irish Theatre; A Chapter of Autobiography. 1913.Contents: The theatre in the making.-The blessing of the generations.-Playwriting.-The fight over "The playboy."-Synge.-The fight with the Castle.-"The playboy" in America.-Appendices: Plays produced by the Abbey Theatre Co. and its predecessors, with dates of first performances; "The Nation" on "Blanco Posnet;" "The playboy" in America; In the eyes of our enemies; In the eyes of our friends. Lady Gregory gives us...
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Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 0.42 Inches
Book Weight:0.75 Pounds
Author Biography
Gregory, Isabella Augusta (Author)
Lady Gregory's literary life did not blossom until after the death of her husband, Sir William Gregory, in 1892. At that time, she became very interested in Irish literature and history. After meeting William Butler Yeats in 1898, she dedicated her talent, wealth, and position to nurturing Irish national consciousness, and the growing renaissance of Irish literature.

Lady Gregory was one of the founders of the Irish National Theatre Society, the author of books on Irish folklore, and an important playwright. Her story of the revival of native drama for the Irish stage is told in Our Irish Theatre (1913). Her journals reveal her as courageous and honest, with the gift of bringing out the best in the many people she befriended, among them W. B. Yeats, whose close friend and collaborator she remained from their meeting in the 1890s. She directed the Abbey Theatre with him until her death and with him wrote the play Kathleen ni Houlihan (1902).

Her own, usually brief, plays were Irish legendary fantasies, patriotic historical dramas, and the comedies of peasant life for which she is best known. Simplicity, which Lady Gregory as a writer always sought, should not be confused with naivete. Her balanced dialogue and "constant stripping away of easy sentiment" have been commented on by her editor, Ann Saddlemyer. Among the eclectic Abbey Theatre playwrights, Lady Gregory was a source of unity and consistency.


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