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Title:
Brian Friel
Author:
O'Brien, George, 1945-
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Publication Information:
Boston : Twayne Publishers, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
xii, 148 pages : portrait ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780805769807
Format :
Book

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O'Brien's is the first American study of Ireland's most important contemporary dramatist, and it supersedes earlier studies by D.E.S. Maxwell (1973) and Ulf Dantanus (CH, Jul'88). Like the latter study, O'Brien's examines the writer's short stories as well as his plays for both radio and stage, though O'Brien does consider a recent play, Making History, excluded from Dantanus's book. Where Dantanus emphasized Friel's Irishness, O'Brien seek to emphasize the "general human dimension of Irish experience" in Friel's works. In the four chapters devoted to Friel's plays, O'Brien examines the playwright's reliance on a central character, his dramaturgical experiments, and his general thematic consistency. This study is particularly noteworthy for providing a brief biographical chronology and a helpful annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources. Appropriate for graduate students and upper-division undergraduates. -D. W. Madden, California State University, Sacramento