Three Dublin Plays: "Shadow of a Gunman", "Juno and the Paycock" and "Plough and the Stars"Paperback
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- Publisher: Faber & Faber Plays
- Format: Paperback | 272 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 22mm | 259g
- Publication date: 20 October 2000
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0571195520
- ISBN 13: 9780571195527
- Edition statement: Cloth First Pub.
- Sales rank: 25,369
Three early plays by Sean O'Casey - arguably his three greatest - demonstrate vividly O'Casey's ability to convey the reality of life and the depth of human emotion, specifically in Dublin before and during the Irish civil war of 1922-23, but, truly, throughout the known universe. In mirroring the lives of the Dublin poor, from the tenement dwellers in The Shadow of a Gunman and Juno and the Paycock to the bricklayer, street vendor, and charwoman in The Plough and the Stars, Sean O'Casey conveys with urgency and eloquence the tiny details that create a total character as well as the terrors, large and small, that the constant threat of political violence inevitably brings. As Seamus Heaney has written, "O'Casey's characters are both down to earth and larger than life...His democratic genius was at one with his tragic understanding, and his recoil from tyranny and his compassion for the oppressed were an essential - as opposed to a moral and thematic - part of his art.
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Sean O'Casey was born on March 30, 1880 in Dublin, Ireland. Other than the Dublin Trilogy, his many works include "The Star Turned Red," "The Silver Tassie," and "Purple Dust." He died on September 18, 1964.
What's astonishing about these dramas, apart from the sheer richness and generosity of their humanity, is their ability, in Shakespeare's great phrase, 'to move wild laughter in the throat of death'.