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David Edgar: J.M. Synge, 22 March 2001

Fool of the Family: A Life of J.M. Synge 
by W.J. McCormack.
Weidenfeld, 499 pp., £25, March 2000, 0 297 64612 5
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Interpreting Synge: Essays from the Synge Summer School 1991-2000 
edited by Nicholas Grene.
Lilliput, 220 pp., £29.95, July 2000, 1 901866 47 5
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... whose work fits most closely into the tradition of Synge’s dramaturgy. His monologue St Nicholas is literally a story (about vampires, as it happens) told in the past tense by a single character to the audience; his hugely successful play The Weir has the same structure as Pinter’s The Homecoming (a man brings a woman into a close-knit group with ...

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