J. M. Synge pp 48-54 | Cite as

The Playboy of the Western World

  • William G. Fay


I wish I could say the same for 1907, the year that proved as stormy in my fortunes as its predecessor had been prosperous, for it began with the historic uproar over The Playboy of the Western World and ended with the departure of the Fays from the Abbey Theatre and from Ireland.


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  1. 6.
    William Boyle (1853–1922), Irish dramatist who was among the first playwrights to write for the Abbey Theatre His plays include The Building Fund(1905)Google Scholar
  2. one of his best-known and most successful plays, The Eloquent Dempsey (1906) and The Mineral Workers (1906). Boyle, resenting The Playboy of the Western World as a misrepresentation of the Irish peasantry, withdrew his own plays from the Abbey Theatre repertoire, but W. G. Fay at length persuaded him to give them back. See William Boyle, ‘Letter to the Editor’, Freeman’s Journal (Dublin) (4 Feb 1907) p. 4 and W. B. Yeats, ‘Mr. Boyle’s Plays’, Evening Telegraph (Dublin) (6 Feb 1907 ) p. 3.Google Scholar
  3. 8.
    For a record of the press reviews of the first production of The Playboy of the Western World see E. H. Mikhail, J. M. Synge: A Bibliography of Criticism (London: Macmillan, 1975) pp. 133–44.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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