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Cheerio, Titan : the friendship between George Bernard Shaw and Eileen and Sean O'Casey
O'Casey, Eileen.
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New York : Scribner, [1989]

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x, 143 pages, 1 unnumbered page of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
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PR5366 .O26 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Eileen O'Casey, married to the great Irish playwright Sean O'Casey for 37 years, offers a poignant portrait of her and her husband's intimate friendship with George Bernard and Charlotte Shaw. With some great photographs. No index. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Author Notes

Unlike the directors of the Abbey Theatre, Sean O'Casey was slum-born and bred, self-educated, and deeply involved in the political and labor ferment that preceded Irish independence. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, on March 30, 1880. His famous group of realistic plays produced at the Abbey form, in effect, a commentary on each stage of the independence movement. The melodramatic The Shadow of a Gunman (1923), the first to be staged, deals with the guerrilla war conducted by the IRA until the peace treaty was signed in 1921. In the 1930s, O'Casey served as a drama critic for London's Time and Tide, producing a group of scathing comments on West End conventionality, which have been published as The Flying Wasp (1937). Sean O'Casey died in 1964.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A nostalgic memoir by octogenarian O'Casey, widow of the famed Irish playwright, which explores the little-known friendship between herself and her husband and Irish expatriate Shaw. Mrs. O'Casey relied heavily upon letters passed between O'Casey and Shaw. Insightful into the ebb and flow of friendship, this is a fine example of sentimentality in the service of literary history. --Allen Weakland

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this portrait of a friendship, Shaw takes center stage by force of character, blowing buffets of wit at the milder-mannered O'Caseys and everyone else (Yeats; Irish literary and theater grand dame Lady Isabella Gregory) who strays into his path. The seminal Irish playwright O'Casey and Irish-born polymath dramatist G.B.S. apparently met by mail when O'Casey asked Shaw to write a preface for his Three Shouts on a Hill . The request was politely declined, but Shaw became a lifelong ally, whose loyalty was especially appreciated when Dublin's Abbey Theatre declined to produce O'Casey's controversial play, The Silver Tassle . Shaw and wife Charlotte intervened in the O'Caseys' lives in many ways, offering strong-minded suggestions on their children's schooling, on whether Eileen O'Casey should continue to work as an actress and on how O'Casey himself might curb his tongue. Though affably written, the memoir is a sketchy, chatty, sometimes excessively coy account by the playwright's wife. Photos not seen by PW . (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

O'Casey writes about the friendship of two great Irish playwrights, her husband Sean and G.B. Shaw. She shows us for the first time the extent of this friendship and describes Shaw's strong support of O'Casey's work. The book quotes letters by Yeats, Lady Gregory, and, most notably, by Shaw and Sean O'Casey, some previously unpublished. The most engaging sections record Eileen O'Casey's own relationship with Shaw, including two meetings during the playwright's final illness. Informative and charming, this brief memoir will appeal to readers with a special interest in Shaw and O'Casey or in the development of modern Irish drama.-- Michael Hennessy, Southwest Texas State Univ., San Marcos (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.