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Ref No IE TCD MS 10099
Title John Millington Synge: literary papers
Creation Dates [?7 March 1908]
Extent And Medium 56 folios.
Level Of Description Collection
Author Synge, J. M.(John Millington),1871-1909.
Admin Biographical History John Millington Synge, playwright, poet, prose writer and collector of folklore, was born on 16 April 1871 in Rathfarnham, County Dublin. He studied Irish and Hebrew in Trinity College. He was also an excellent musician. With William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory and others he helped to establish the Irish National Theatre Society (later the Abbey Theatre).
Synge's first visit to the Aran Islands took place in 1898, and he spent the following five summers there, collecting stories and folklore and perfecting his Irish. During this period he wrote his first play When the Moon has Set. He also produced a book called The Aran Islands in 1900, based upon his experiences there. In 1902 he wrote the first versions of three of his 6 plays: Riders to the Sea, In the Shadow of the Glen, and The Tinker's Wedding. He paid his first visit to Kerry in September 1903. This provided inspiration for some of his later works, including The Playboy of the Western World, Synge's major creative achievement, which he began writing in the Autumn of 1904. The first production of this play caused riots in the Abbey Theatre in 1907.
In 1907 he became engaged to actor Molly Allgood (Maire O Neill); two years later, on 24 March 1909, he succumbed to cancer.
Scope And Content Deirdre of the Sorrows.
Typescript possibly typed for the Abbey Theatre management, this assumption being made on the basis of a similar provenance for MS 6215.The date recorded on the typescript may be the date of Synge's original manuscript, rather than of this copy.
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Related Material See also TCD MS 6215 'The sons of Usnach'.
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