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Shaw and Modern Irish Drama

Shaw and Modern Irish Drama Anthony Roche. The Irish Dramatic Revival 1899­1939. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015. 260 pages. Cloth $86.00, paper $29.95. To be blunt, Anthony Roche's The Irish Dramatic Revival 1899­1939 is a brilliant assessment of the modern Irish drama movement. The work carefully and methodically follows the movement from the late nineteenth century to the Second World War, and encompasses all of the important players that created and shaped this most important Irish movement. Roche takes us to the origins, to Yeats as the "Founder and Playwright" and on to J. M. Synge. Fresh from his remarkable Synge and the Making of Modern Irish Drama (2013), Roche makes the impassioned case that Synge influenced most, if not all, of the important Irish dramatists who followed him. The book also, in its extremely valuable consideration of women (offstage and on) who impacted and furthered the movement, contributes a stunning chapter on Lady Augusta Gregory. This is followed by a chapter on Sean O'Casey and the urban working-class drama; then onto Denis Johnston and what Roche identifies as "Yeats's Endgame." The latter, arguably, represents one of the finest assessments of W. B. Yeats's Purgatory undertaken to date. Overall we are presented with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies Penn State University Press

Shaw and Modern Irish Drama

SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies , Volume 36 (2) – Nov 15, 2016

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Anthony Roche. The Irish Dramatic Revival 1899­1939. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015. 260 pages. Cloth $86.00, paper $29.95. To be blunt, Anthony Roche's The Irish Dramatic Revival 1899­1939 is a brilliant assessment of the modern Irish drama movement. The work carefully and methodically follows the movement from the late nineteenth century to the Second World War, and encompasses all of the important players that created and shaped this most important Irish movement. Roche takes us to the origins, to Yeats as the "Founder and Playwright" and on to J. M. Synge. Fresh from his remarkable Synge and the Making of Modern Irish Drama (2013), Roche makes the impassioned case that Synge influenced most, if not all, of the important Irish dramatists who followed him. The book also, in its extremely valuable consideration of women (offstage and on) who impacted and furthered the movement, contributes a stunning chapter on Lady Augusta Gregory. This is followed by a chapter on Sean O'Casey and the urban working-class drama; then onto Denis Johnston and what Roche identifies as "Yeats's Endgame." The latter, arguably, represents one of the finest assessments of W. B. Yeats's Purgatory undertaken to date. Overall we are presented with

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Published: Nov 15, 2016

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