J. M. Synge pp 36-37 | Cite as

Abbey Theatre Scene

  • E. H. Mikhail


This evening a representative of the Evening Telegraph called at the Abbey Theatre in order to get Mr. Synge’s views on the opposition on Saturday night and last night to his play, ‘The Playboy of the Western World.’ He there found that, with Mr. W. B.Yeats, he had gone to lunch in the Metropole Hotel; and here he had a conversation with the two1 gentlemen on the extraordinary situation that has arisen.


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    The text of Yeat’s interview is reprinted in E. H. Mikhail, W. B. Yeats: Interviews and Recollections ( London: Macmillan, 1977 ).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Dr Douglas Hyde (1860–1949), founder of the Gaelic League (1893) and first President of Ireland. He devoted his life to the restoration of the Irish language and culture. His writings include Folklore of the Irish Celts (1890), The Love-Songs of Connacht (1893), Beside the Fire (1898), A Literary History of Ireland (1899) and Legends of Saints and Sinners (1915). Synge greatly admired the language of Hyde’s translations of The Love Songs of Connacht and said of his Gaelic play The Twisting of the Rope in 1901 that it ‘gave a new direction and impulse to Irish drama, a direction towards which, it should be added, the thoughts of Mr. W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory and others were already tending’. On the influence of Hyde’s The Love-Songs of Connacht on Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World see Maurice Bourgeois, John Millington Synge and the Irish Theatre ( London: Constable, 1913 ) p. 227.Google Scholar
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    See Diarmuid Coffey, Douglas Hyde, President of Ireland (Dublin: Talbot Press, 1938),Google Scholar
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    and Lester Connor, ‘The Importance of Douglas Hyde to the Irish Literary Renaissance’, Modern Irish Literature: Essays in Honor of William York Tindall, ed. Raymond J. Porter and James D. Brophy ( New Rochelle, N. Y.: Iona College Press, 1972 ) pp. 95 – 114.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. H. Mikhail
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  1. 1.University of LethbridgeAlbertaCanada

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