John Synge as I Knew Him

  • C. H. H. Oughton


I first met John Synge in the Autumn of 1896, or perhaps it was 1897.1 His people asked me to stay with them at Castle Kevin,2 Annamoe, Co. Wicklow. He was then about twenty-six, a strongly-built man with a rather thick neck and large head, a wonderful face with great luminous sad eyes, and though he was tanned from being constantly out of doors, there was a sort of pallor on his face that gave it a look of delicacy belying his figure, which was that of a hardy mountaineer.


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  1. 12.
    Maud Gonne (1866–1953), Irish patriot and philanthropist who was engaged in constant political agitation against the British. W. B. Yeats proposed to her but was turned down, and in 5903 she married Major John MacBride, who was executed after the Easter Rebellion in 1916. She was the heroine of many of Yeats’s lyrics and plays. See Maud Gonne MacBride, A Servant of the Queen ( London: Gollancz, 1938 );Google Scholar
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    Elizabeth Coxhead, ‘Maud Gonne’, Daughters of Erin ( London: Secker and Warburg, 1965 ) pp. 17 – 77;Google Scholar
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    A. G. Stock, ‘The World of Maud Gonne’, Indian Journal of English Studies, vi (1965) 56 –79;Google Scholar
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    and Chris Healy, ‘Maud Gonne’, Confessions of a Journalist ( London: Chatto and Windus, 1904 ) pp. 227 – 36.Google Scholar

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