J. M. Synge, an Irish poet, playwright, and prose writer, was also one of the cofounders of the storied Abbey Theatre. Synge was known as a strange and enigmatic man, quiet and reserved, not even understood by his own family members. After graduating from school, Synge decided to pursue music, but his shy nature prevented him from performing, causing him to turn to literature as a creative outlet. When it opened at the Abbey Theatre in 1907, his most acclaimed play, “The Playboy of the Western World”, met with rioting and chaos, as it garnered a very hostile reaction from the Irish public. Arthur Griffith, an Irish nationalist, described the play as “a vile and inhuman story told in the foulest language we have ever listened to from a public platform.” Synge who suffered from Hodgkin’s disease, and died shortly before his 38th birthday, is best remembered for his dramatic works. His complete plays are collected together here in this volume. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper.
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I don't enjoy reading plays, which is likely the reason why I rated this as only a 2-star book. Reading preferences aside, the plays are entertaining. If read this in a class setting -- as I did -- there's a lot of wonderful material here to analyze and discuss.