London: Macmillan London Limited, 1981. First UK Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #2330844
First UK edition. Lacks slipcase. Both volumes: Jacket edges bumped, page ridges lightly foxed.
vi, 666; vi, 680 pp. Two volume set. Sean O'Casey, original name John Casey, (born March 30, 1880, Dublin, Ire.—died Sept. 18, 1964, Torquay, Devon, Eng.), Irish playwright renowned for realistic dramas of the Dublin slums in war and revolution, in which tragedy and comedy are juxtaposed in a way new to the theatre of his time. O'Casey was born into a lower middle-class Irish Protestant family. His father died when John was six, and thereafter the family became progressively poorer. With only three years of formal schooling, he educated himself by reading. He started work at 14, mostly at manual labour, including several years with the Irish railways. (O'Casey would later exaggerate the hardships and poverty he had experienced during childhood.) O'Casey became caught up in the cause of Irish nationalism, and he changed his name to its Irish form and learned Gaelic. His attitudes were greatly influenced by the poverty and squalor he witnessed in Dublin's slums and by the teachings of the Irish labour leader Jim Larkin. O'Casey became active in the labour movement and wrote for the Irish Worker. He also joined the Irish Citizen Army, a paramilitary arm of the Irish labour unions, and drew up its constitution in 1914. At this time he became disillusioned with the Irish nationalist movement because its leaders put nationalist ideals before socialist ones. O'Casey did not take part in the 1916 Easter Rising against the British authorities. - Britannica