Fool of the Family

Fool of the Family : A Life of J.M. Synge

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J.M. Synge was born in 1871 into a strictly Protestant upper-middle-class Irish family. He spent his short life in a variety of situations; with his widowed evangelical mother, in rented rooms in Paris, in a primitive cottage on the island of Aran and in a nursing home where he died from Hodgkins' Disease in 1907 at the age of 37. At the beginning of the century Ireland was in an unsettled state as the Home Rule movement became increasingly active. At the same time in Europe a cultural revolution was unfolding with Sigmund Freud, Thomas Mann and Max Weber publishing their seminal works. McCormack's biography places Synge in the context of this vibrant era and illuminates his contribution to the spirit of the age. "Fool of the Family" is an authoritative account of this great man's life and works which explodes many of the conventional assumptions about turn-of-the-century Ireland, about Irish Protestantism and about Synge's beliefs and more

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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753811316
  • 9780753811313

About W. J. McCormack

W.J. Mc Cormack is Professor of Literary History in the University of Londonand head of the English Department, Goldsmiths' College. He has published a biography of Sheridan Le Fanu (1980) and a radical interrogation of the Protestant Ascendancy (From Burke to Beckett, 1994). He is currently completing a biography of the Irish playwright J.M. Synge (Weidenfeld and Nicolson). W.J. McCormack also writes poetry under the name of Hugh Maxton. His first book ofverse, The Noise of the Fields, was a Poetry Book Society Choice in 1976. Theshow more