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Joseph Holloway's Abbey Theatre

A Selection of His Unpublished Journal " Impressions of a Dublin Playgoer"

Edited by Robert Hogan and Michael J. O'Neill

Publication Year: 2009

Poring through the journal’s 221 bulky volumes, the editors have focused on Holloway’s accounts of the years from 1899 to 1926 as they are generally considered to be significant ones for the Abbey Theatre: the year of its founding to the production of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars, which caused a riot in the theatre. Mr. Holloway attended every play during those years as well as many rehearsals, and talked with practically everyone who had anything to with the theatre. His journal reflects the tensions, feuds, and anguish that produced one of the great theatres of modern times.

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

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Preface

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pp. v-vi

... For many years, including those of the great period of the Abbey Theatre, Joseph Holloway kept a diary in which he recorded not only his reactions to the plays but also his descriptions of Dublin's leading figures: W. B. Yeats, Sean O'Casey, and hundreds of other compelling personalities who cross and recross Holloway's pages. He wrote of alI this with a consistency and thoroughness ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

A BOOK OF THIS NATURE can scarcely be assembled without the active cooperation of many people. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the kind and invaluable assistance of Ronald Ayling; of Ernest Blythe of the Abbey Theatre; of Mrs. M. M. F. Boothroyd who allowed us to quote letters from her father-in-law, William Boyle; ...

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xxiii

IN EVERY WAY BUT ONE, Joseph Holloway of Dublin was a thoroughly unremarkable man, but in that one way he was, without exaggeration, astounding. For most of his almost eighty-four years, he was a man as completely dedicated to art as his country had ever seen. His interest embraced music, painting, and, above all, the theatre. People who knew him toward the end of his life, in the ...

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Impressions of a Dublin Playgoer 1899-1926

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pp. 3-271

Thursday, January 5. Went to the Catholic Commercial Club where I heard Mr. P. H. Pearse deliver a lecture on "Irish Saga Literature." The lecturer is quite a young man with a peculiar, jerky, pistol-shot-like delivery that becomes trying to listen to after a time, as it makes him hack his sentences into single words and destroys the sense of his remarks. . . . He was indiscriminantly eulogistic to ...

Notes

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pp. 273-288

Index

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pp. 289-315

Back Cover

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p. 341-341


E-ISBN-13: 9780809386673
E-ISBN-10: 0809386674
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809329373
Print-ISBN-10: 0809329379

Page Count: 320
Publication Year: 2009