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The Playboy of the Western World


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Chronology Context Themes Dramatic devices Production History Critical Reception Academic Debate Further Study PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD Notes References

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This revised edition of J.M. Synge's most famous play is published alongside commentary and notes by Christopher Collins, Assistant Professor of Drama at the University of Nottingham, UK. It includes information for today's students on the play's context; themes; dramatic devices; production history; critical reception; academic debate; and ideas for further study. It also includes interviews with practitioners involved in major recent productions of the play.

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John Millington Synge (1871-1909) is widely regarded as the greatest ever Irish dramatist. The lives of the people of Connemara and the Aran Islands were brought to life through his six great plays: In The Shadow of the Glen (1903), Riders to the Sea (1904), The Well of the Saints (1905), The Playboy of the Western World (1907), The Tinkers' Wedding (1908), and his unfinished mythological drama Deirdre of the Sorrows (performed posthumously in 1910). Christopher Collins is Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Nottingham, UK. He received his Ph.D from Trinity College Dublin and works primarily on the plays of J.M. Synge. His publications include contributing to The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance and J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World.


An informed and fresh perspective on a well-known canonical play ... by a leading scholar on Synge. * Dr Chris Megson, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK *
A clear and intelligently mapped out guide to a canonical Anglo-Irish drama, which provides all the necessary religious, social and cultural information to ensure students of all backgrounds can access the text * Jenny Stevens *

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