The Harvest Festival: A Play in Three Acts

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Smythe, 1980 - Fiction - 91 pages
The Harvest Festival is Sean O'Casey's earliest extant play. Written in about 1918 or 1919, it was the second play that O'Casey offered the Abbey Theatre. It was turned down, but he kept the manu­script and it now forms part of the extensive O'Casey archive in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library. It has never been performed, and this is its first pub­lication in the U.K. and Ireland, following on its U.S. publication by only a few months.

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Unlike the directors of the Abbey Theatre, Sean O'Casey was slum-born and bred, self-educated, and deeply involved in the political and labor ferment that preceded Irish independence. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, on March 30, 1880. His famous group of realistic plays produced at the Abbey form, in effect, a commentary on each stage of the independence movement. The melodramatic The Shadow of a Gunman (1923), the first to be staged, deals with the guerrilla war conducted by the IRA until the peace treaty was signed in 1921. In the 1930s, O'Casey served as a drama critic for London's Time and Tide, producing a group of scathing comments on West End conventionality, which have been published as The Flying Wasp (1937). Sean O'Casey died in 1964.

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