SHADOW OF A GUNMAN

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Sean O Casey

Author : Christopher Murray
ISBN : 0571197809
Genre : Drama
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The next installment inThe Faber Critical Guides Series: An in-depth look at the maverick Irish playwright Sean O'Casey was one of the most affecting playwrights of his generation; a renegade who came of age at the dawn of Ireland's fight for independence from Britain and championed the working-class during the bleak years of The Great Depression. Praised for his genius-ear for dialogue and the poetry of his prose, O'Casey's work brought audiences into the gritty, impoverished world of Dublin's streets and pubs. His controversial plays helped establish the reputation of the internationally renowned Abbey Theatre, where the productions ofThe Plough and the StarsandJuno and the Paycockwere met with riots and vigorous protests. InSean O'Casey, Christopher Murray examines the abovementioned works as well asThe Shadow of a Gunman, which taken together comprise O'Casey's famed Dublin trilogy, and elucidates the social context of the plays and the theatrical environment of the times--crucial elements in understanding O'Casey's writing.
Category: Drama

Three Dublin Plays

Author : Sean O'Casey
ISBN : 9780571195527
Genre : Drama
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This volume contains the three plays commonly recognized as the height of O'Casey's achievement as a playwright. His tragi-comedy has relevance to the violent politics in the North and the post-nationalist bewilderments in the Republic.
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Shadow Of A Gunman

Author : Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph)
ISBN : OCLC:627115068
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False Heroism In Sean O Casey S The Shadow Of A Gunman

Author : Kristina Müller
ISBN : 9783638495868
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Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3, University of Trier, 14 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: “The Shadow or a Gunman“ was written in 1922 and first performed in 1923 when the Irish civil war that concluded the Anglo-Irish War was still raging between the Irregulars and Sinn Féin (“we ourselves”). The “Shadow” was performed in the Abbey Theatre, the only theatre that was still open, in the middle of April 1923. It was performed near the end of the theatre season to make sure that the Abbey would not lose much money if it flopped (Murray 44). But it did not, in fact it became one of the most popular Irish anti-war plays in the 1920s. “The Shadow of a Gunman” was O’Casey’s first play to be accepted by the Abbey. His earlier attempts to find the balance in his art between politics and entertainment failed (like “The Harvest Festival”) (Murray 5), but with the “Shadow” he finally managed to write “a mixture of comedy and political commentary” (Murray 5) or “A tragedy in two acts” as he called it himself. After the Easter Rising of 1916 when some “Volunteers” and members of the “Irish Citizen Army” tried to rise an armed rebellion against the British forces, a guerrilla war began in 1917 between the Irish Republican Army, a successor of the banned nationalist movements, and the “Black and Tans”, British special force troops sent to support the Royal Irish Constabulary that consisted mainly of veterans of Worl d War I. The “Black and Tans” got their name from their famous black and khaki uniform. Until July 11th1921 both parties fought each other in armed attacks. The British sent more and more soldiers (overall several tens of thousands were sent) until the Irish gave up when the activists ran out of weapons and people.
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Collected Plays

Author : Sean O'Casey
ISBN : OCLC:873721673
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Three Plays

Author : Sean O'Casey
ISBN : 0312802900
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Two Plays

Author : Sean O'Casey
ISBN : OCLC:13410299
Genre : English drama
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Category: English drama