In the shadow of the glen summary
In the Shadow of the Glen by J.M. SyngeExcerpt from In the Shadow of the Glen
Scene. - The last cottage at the head of a long glen in County Wicklow.
(Cottage kitchen; turf tire on the right; a bed near it against the wall with a body lying on it covered with a sheet. A door is at the ether end of the room, with a low table near it, and stools, or wooden chairs. There are a couple of glasses on the table, and a bottle of whisky, as if for a wake, with two cups, a teapot, and a home-made cake. There is another small door near the bed. Nora Burke is moving about the room, settling a few things, and lighting candles on the table, looking now and then at the bed with an uneasy look. Some one knocks softly at the door.
J. M. Synge
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Synge is the most highly esteemed playwright of the Irish literary renaissance, the movement in which such literary figures as William Butler Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory made their mark at the turn of the twentieth century. Although he died just short of his thirty-eighth birthday and produced a modest number of works, his writings have made an impact on audiences, writers, and Irish culture. Born near Dublin on April 16, , Synge was the youngest of five children in an upper-class Protestant family. His father died the following year; the four boys and one girl were raised by their deeply religious mother. Synge attended private schools for four years, beginning at the age of ten, but ill health prevented his regular attendance, and his mother hired a private tutor to instruct him at home. At Trinity College, Dublin, he earned a pass degree in December, His primary ambition was music, and because of his studies of violin, theory, and composition, he won a scholarship from the Royal Irish Academy of Music for advanced study in counterpoint.
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Synge , in full John Millington Synge , born April 16, , Rathfarnham, near Dublin , Ireland—died March 24, , Dublin , leading figure in the Irish literary renaissance, a poetic dramatist of great power who portrayed the harsh rural conditions of the Aran Islands and the western Irish seaboard with sophisticated craftsmanship. In he abandoned his plan to become a musician and instead concentrated on languages and literature.
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