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John Millington Synge is one the most important and most influential playwrights in modern theatre. Born in 1871 in Dublin, Ireland, Synge had a professional career as a playwright that lasted just seven years before his untimely death at the age of 37. However, his direct influence on subsequent generations of playwrights is quite outstanding: Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Federico García Lorca, Eugene O’Neill, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel and Marina Carr have all publicly stated how much they are indebted to Synge. The pinnacle of his career as playwright came on 26 January 1907 when he premiered his satirical comedy The Playboy of the Western World at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. 1 On that infamous evening the audience were absolutely appalled by what they saw and heard, so much so that they began causing disturbances that lasted for an almost an entire week.


Collins, C. (2016). Introduction. In J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World. Routledge.

Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 13, 2016
Publication Date Sep 15, 2016
Deposit Date Oct 18, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 18, 2016
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Series Title Fourth wall
Book Title J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World
ISBN 9781138194694
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in J. M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World on 15 September 2016, available online:
Contract Date Oct 18, 2016


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