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Author Name:    AYLING, Ronald and Michael J. DURKAN. O'CASEY, Sean

Title:   Sean O'Casey : A Bibliography.

Publisher:    Macmillan, London, 1978, ISBN:0333113489. 

Seller ID:   103695

AYLING, Ronald and Michael J. DURKAN. Sean O'Casey : A Bibliography. (London : The Macmillan Press, Ltd, 1978). First Edition. Pp (8),[ix]-xxiv,411,(1) + frontispiece + 4 leaves of illustrations. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "Following the familiar format of the excellent Soho Series ofauthor bibliographies, this book is a detailed and comprehensive checklist of all conceivable aspects of Sean O'Casey's published and unpublished wri tings, making it possible for the first time to survey and assess the wholeliterary range of his work. It lists his books and plays (with copious des criptive notes, drawing upon many unpublished manuscripts and letters, giving the full history of each major work), essays, short stories and poems, his contributions to books by other writers, his more than six hundred and fifty contributions to periodicals (including book reviews and letters), andhis recordings, radio and television broadcasts and ephemera. There is a s ection devoted to the many published translations of his work, a detailed listing of manuscripts and typescripts in the principal collections of his papers, and, finally, a section devoted to stage premières and notable stagerevivals of his plays and details of film versions of them. The descriptiv e commentary will be useful to the collector, as a detailed listing not only of first editions but of subsequent ones (some of them considerably revised but not, in fact, recognised as new editions in some cases even in the printed text). For the scholar, it will be an indispensable guide to the many revisions and rewritings of plays and prose writings: O'Casey, like Yeats, was an inveterate reviser throughout his career, but none of the existingliterary studies has yet given adequate attention to this facet of his wor k. Moreover, scholars and students will also be introduced to many occasional publications (often in obscure journals) not collected by O'Casey nor recorded in any published studies of his work. The compilers have been given generous access to the playwright's private papers and to the files of the publisher who printed all his dramatic writings throughout the major portion of his writing life. The result of more than twelve years' research work,the bibliography will be of great assistance not only to O'Casey scholars but also to the student interested in modern drama and/or Anglo-Irish literature who wants more information than can be at present obtained in any reference work, about a prolific author now properly regarded as one of the major dramatists of the twentieth century." – from the dj. Very good in dustjacket. 30.00


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