Soulmate of James Joyce, J. M. Synge (1871-1909) is famous as the author of Playboy of the Western World, which provoked riots at its Dublin premiere in 1907. But the man himself, his peculiar religious background, and little-investigated death, have, until now, remained in the shadows. W. J. McCormack here recreates the complex religious and social environment in which Synge refined his talents as a writer. Placing Synge's life firmly in the context of the cultural revolution unfolding in Europe, this fresh and lively account will stand as the authoritative biography of this great writer.
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W. J. Mc Cormack is Professor of Literary History in Goldsmith's College, the University of London, and editor of Irish Poetry: An Interpretive Anthology from Before Swift to Yeats and After (also available from New York University Press).Review:
"Synge was like Frank McCourt of today but in more delicate circumstances, and he was a much greater, more original writer. . . . McCormack's biography, written in his distinctive, elegant style is refreshing and invigorating, a literary tour de force."-Daily Telegraph
"Well-researched and insightful. . . . At times it is beautifully gripping."-Sunday Telegraph
"Synge was a mass of contradictions, skillfully dissected in W. J. McCormack's definitive new biography. Fool of the Family is a magnificent labor of scholarship, which draws on much unpublished material to present a superbly rounded portrait."-Terry Eagleton,Independent
"Superb"-Denis Donoghue,New York University
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Book Description NYU Press, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110814756522