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The Aran Islands

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Publisher Comments:

In 1907 J. M. Synge achieved both notoriety and lasting fame with The Playboy of the Western World. The Aran Islands, published in the same year, records his visits to the islands in 1898-1901, when he was gathering the folklore and anecdotes out of which he forged The Playboy and his other major dramas.

Yet this book is much more than a stage in the evolution of Synge the dramatist. As Tim Robinson explains in his introduction, "If Ireland is intriguing as being an island off the west of Europe, then Aran, as an island off the west of Ireland, is still more so; it is Ireland raised to the power of two." Towards the end of the last century Irish nationalists came to identify the area as the country's uncorrupted heart, the repository of its ancient language, culture and spiritual values. It was for these reasons that Yeats suggested Synge visit the islands to record their way of life. The result is a passionate exploration of a triangle of contradictory relationships – between an island community still embedded in its ancestral ways but solicited by modernism, a physical environment of ascetic loveliness and savagely unpredictable moods, and Synge himself, formed by modern European thought but in love with the primitive.

Synopsis:

First published in 1907, this is a record of Synge's visit to the three islands off Galway in the west of Ireland in 1898-1901. The visit to the islands was at the recommendation of Yeats. It was not until Synge's first visits that Aran recovered some of its mystic status that it had enjoyed.

Table of Contents

The Aran Islands Place/Person/Book: Synge's The Aran Islands

Acknowledgments

A Note on the Text

The Aran Islands

Introduction

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140184327
Editor:
Robinson, Tim
Author:
Robinson, Tim
Author:
Synge, J. M.
Author:
Robinson, Tim
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Europe - Ireland
Subject:
Aran island (ireland)
Subject:
Dramatists, Irish
Subject:
Dramatists, Irish -- 19th century -- Journeys -- Ireland -- Aran Islands.
Subject:
Aran Islands
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Travel-Ireland
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin
Series Volume:
report no. 3 n4
Publication Date:
19921131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.76x5.08x.52 in. .31 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 208 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140184327 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , First published in 1907, this is a record of Synge's visit to the three islands off Galway in the west of Ireland in 1898-1901. The visit to the islands was at the recommendation of Yeats. It was not until Synge's first visits that Aran recovered some of its mystic status that it had enjoyed.
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