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Brian Friel: Plays 2: Dancing at Lughnasa, Fathers and Sons, Making History, Wonderful Tennessee and Molly Sweeney (Contemporary Classics)

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Plays Two:

Dancing at Lughnasa

Fathers and Sons

Making History

Wonderful Tennessee

Molly Sweeney

Introduced by Christopher Murray, this second collection of Brian Friel's plays includes some of his most acclaimed work for the stage.

From the troubled family life of five sisters in 1930s Donegal that is the core of Dancing at Lughnasa (now a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep) to the current-day birthday celebration that is the major external event of Wonderful Tennessee, Brian Friel demonstrates his emotional range and empathy for his characters. He evokes not simply the interior landscape of human beings trapped in their domestic situation but the wider landscape-interior and exterior-of which they are a part.

Brian Friel was born in Omagh, County Tyrone (Northern Ireland) in 1929. He received his college education in Derry, Maynooth and Belfast and taught at various schools in and around Derry from 1950 to 1960. He is the author of many plays that have taken their place in the canon of Irish Literature, including Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1964), Lovers (1967), Translations (1980), The Communication Cord (1982), and Dancing at Lughnasa (1990). In 1980 he founded the touring theatre company, Field Day, with Stephen Rea.

Introduced by Christopher Murray, this second collection of Brian Friel's plays includes some of his most acclaimed work for the stage. This edition includes Fathers and Sons, Making History, Wonderful Tennessee, Molly Sweeney and Dancing at Lughnasa, which was made into a major motion picture by Sony Pictures.

Dancing at Lughnasa

"The play, brilliantly constructed, is the best Friel has yet written."The Observer

Fathers and Sons (after Turgenev)

"A delicately written play that subtly alters the emphasis of Turgenev's book in the light of modern experience."The Guardian

Making History

"This is Friel's most accomplished and important play since Translations . . . It has the same suppleness of argument and beauty of writing."Financial Times

Wonderful Tennessee

"Friel is a master . . . The play is a brilliantly notated fugue of laughter and lament."The New Yorker

Molly Sweeney

"A dramatic poem of cumulative power and irresistible poignancy."The Observer

"Of all the contemporary authors, there is no one I admire more highly than Brian Friel . . . Molly Sweeney is magnificent, and I read it with great joy."Peter Brook

"Once again, Friel has achieved a masterpiece."The Independent on Sunday

Synopsis:

A collection of Brian Friel plays which includes "Dancing at Lughnasa", "Fathers and Sons", "Making History", "Wonderful Tennessee" and "Molly Sweeney".

Synopsis:

Plays Two:

Dancing at Lughnasa

Fathers and Sons

Making History

Wonderful Tennessee

Molly Sweeney

Introduced by Christopher Murray, this second collection of Brian Friel's plays includes some of his most acclaimed work for the stage.

From the troubled family life of five sisters in 1930s Donegal that is the core of Dancing at Lughnasa (now a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep) to the current-day birthday celebration that is the major external event of Wonderful Tennessee, Brian Friel demonstrates his emotional range and empathy for his characters. He evokes not simply the interior landscape of human beings trapped in their domestic situation but the wider landscape-interior and exterior-of which they are a part.

Synopsis:

Plays Two:

Dancing at Lughnasa

Fathers and Sons

Making History

Wonderful Tennessee

Molly Sweeney

Introduced by Christopher Murray, this second collection of Brian Friel's plays includes some of his most acclaimed work for the stage.

From the troubled family life of five sisters in 1930s Donegal that is the core of Dancing at Lughnasa (now a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep) to the current-day birthday celebration that is the major external event of Wonderful Tennessee, Brian Friel demonstrates his emotional range and empathy for his characters. He evokes not simply the interior landscape of human beings trapped in their domestic situation but the wider landscape-interior and exterior-of which they are a part.

About the Author

Brian Friel was born in Omagh, County Tyrone (Northern Ireland) in 1929. He received his college education in Derry, Maynooth and Belfast and taught at various schools in and around Derry from 1950 to 1960. He is the author of many plays that have taken their place in the canon of Irish Literature, including Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1964), Lovers (1967), Translations (1980), The Communication Cord (1982), and Dancing at Lughnasa (1990). In 1980 he founded the touring theatre company, Field Day, with Stephen Rea.

Table of Contents

Dancing at Lughnasa — Father and sons — Making history — Wonderful Tennessee — Molly Sweeney.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780571197101
Introduction:
Murray, Christopher
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Introduction by:
Murray, Christopher
Introduction:
Murray, Christopher
Author:
Friel, Brian
Author:
Murray, Christopher
Location:
London :
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
British and irish drama (dramatic works by on
Subject:
British & Irish
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Contemporary Classics
Series Volume:
V-43
Publication Date:
19990631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.00 in

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"Synopsis" by , A collection of Brian Friel plays which includes "Dancing at Lughnasa", "Fathers and Sons", "Making History", "Wonderful Tennessee" and "Molly Sweeney".
"Synopsis" by ,
Plays Two:

Dancing at Lughnasa

Fathers and Sons

Making History

Wonderful Tennessee

Molly Sweeney

Introduced by Christopher Murray, this second collection of Brian Friel's plays includes some of his most acclaimed work for the stage.

From the troubled family life of five sisters in 1930s Donegal that is the core of Dancing at Lughnasa (now a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep) to the current-day birthday celebration that is the major external event of Wonderful Tennessee, Brian Friel demonstrates his emotional range and empathy for his characters. He evokes not simply the interior landscape of human beings trapped in their domestic situation but the wider landscape-interior and exterior-of which they are a part.

"Synopsis" by ,
Plays Two:

Dancing at Lughnasa

Fathers and Sons

Making History

Wonderful Tennessee

Molly Sweeney

Introduced by Christopher Murray, this second collection of Brian Friel's plays includes some of his most acclaimed work for the stage.

From the troubled family life of five sisters in 1930s Donegal that is the core of Dancing at Lughnasa (now a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep) to the current-day birthday celebration that is the major external event of Wonderful Tennessee, Brian Friel demonstrates his emotional range and empathy for his characters. He evokes not simply the interior landscape of human beings trapped in their domestic situation but the wider landscape-interior and exterior-of which they are a part.

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