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J. M. Synge

  • E. H. Mikhail


In April of that year John Synge was born of respectable and godly parents, near Dublin. He was barely twelve months old when his father died. Years later, Seamus O’Sullivan called to see him at his mother’s house in Kingstown where he was living.


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    J. M. Synge, ‘On an Anniversary’, Collected Works, vol. 1: Poems, ed. Robin Skelton ( London: Oxford University Press, 1962 ) p. 33.Google Scholar
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    Edward Millington Stephens, co-author of J. M. Synge 1871–1909 ( New York: Macmillan, 1959 ).Google Scholar
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    In some autobiographical notes Synge made in Paris, he described a spiritual crisis caused by reading Charles Darwin. See Collected Works vol. II: Prose ed. Alan Price (London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1966) p. 10, and Edward Stephens, My Uncle John op. cit., pp. 36–7.Google Scholar
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    Stephen Crane (1871–1900), American novelist, poet and short-story writer regarded as a pioneer of Naturalism in American literature. His works include The Red Badge of Courage (1895) and The Open Boat and Other Tales of Adventure (1898).Google Scholar
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    Adolphus Wright has been with the Theatre for… many years…. He acted very often in the earliest productions, he knows our Theatre through and through, since he first appeared as a mere helper in Camden Street, then he followed the little Company to Molesworth Hall, then to the Abbey Theatre, and today, February 1950, I have seen… Dossie Wright directing how our new piano should be placed.’—Lennox Robinson, Ireland’s Abbey Theatre ( London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1951 ) p. 66.Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1977

Authors and Affiliations

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

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