O'Casey, Sean, 1880-1964

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1880-07-28
Death 1964-09-18
Irish (Republic of Ireland)
English

Biographical notes:

Sean O'Casey was an Irish dramatist.

From the description of Sean O'Casey collection. [1957]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 688595761

Irish playwright notable for "The plough and the stars", "Juno and the paycock", and "Bishop's bonfire".

From the description of Press cuttings [manuscript]. 1935-1972. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225840980

Sean O'Casey, playwright.

From the description of The plough and the stars: typescript, 1994. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122466941

Irish playwright.

From the description of Typed letter signed : Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks., to Jack, 1931 Sept. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270858060

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) and typed letters signed (2) : Torquay, to Seymour Peck, 1958 Sept. 11-1964 Feb. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872055

Sean O'Casey, an Irish poet and playwright, left Ireland and moved to England in 1926 because of the bad reception his plays encountered. His plays include The Plough and the stars (1926), The Shadow of a gunman (1923), and Juno and the paycock (1924); many deal realistically with Dublin slum life and the Irish struggle for independence. O'Casey also wrote a six-volume autobiography (1939-1954).

From the description of Sean O'Casey letters, 1935-1953. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 34072992

Sean O'Casey was an Irish playwright and theater critic.

From the description of Sean O'Casey collection of papers, 1904-1964 bulk (1918-1964). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122575660

From the guide to the Sean O'Casey collection of papers, 1904-1964, 1918-1964, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

Irish dramatist of this century.

From the description of ALS : Totnes, Devon to S.A. Russell, New York, 1949 Aug. 16. (Boston Public Library). WorldCat record id: 40433693

Sean O'Casey (1880-1964), the Irish dramatist and author. For fuller details of his life and achievements see the Dictionary of National Biography.

From the guide to the Thirty-two autograph or typed letters from Sean O'Casey to Seamus Scully, 1949-1960, (Leeds University Library)

Irish writer Sean O'Casey (1880–1964) authored essays and autobiographical works but is best known for his plays.

"O'Casey, Sean, 1880–1964." Literature Online. http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 19, 2007).

From the guide to the Sean O'Casey letters to Bumpus and Company, 1926–1927, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Irish writer Sean O'Casey (1880–1964) authored essays and autobiographical works but is best known for his plays.

"O'Casey, Sean, 1880–1964." Literature Online. http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 19, 2007).

From the guide to the "Young Cassidy" manuscript, circa 1964, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Irish author Sean O'Casey (1880–1964) wrote essays and autobiographical works but is best known for his plays.

"O'Casey, Sean, 1880–1964." Literature Online. http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 19, 2007).

From the guide to the "Purple Dust" playscript, [1939], (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Irish author Sean O'Casey (1880–1964) wrote essays and autobiographical works but is best known for his plays.

"O'Casey, Sean, 1880–1964." Literature Online. http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 19, 2007).

From the guide to the Sean O'Casey letter to Basil Smeed, 1960 November 26, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Irish author Sean O'Casey (1880–1964) wrote essays and autobiographical works but is best known for his plays.

"O'Casey, Sean, 1880–1964." Literature Online. http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 19, 2007).

From the guide to the Sean O'Casey letter to the editor of, The Irish Statesman, 1930 January 7, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Irish writer Sean O'Casey (1880–1964) authored essays and autobiographical works but is best known for his plays.

"O'Casey, Sean, 1880–1964." Literature Online. http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 19, 2007).

From the guide to the "The Silver Tassie" playscript, undated, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Irish author Sean O'Casey (1880–1964) wrote essays and autobiographical works but is best known for his plays.

"O'Casey, Sean, 1880–1964." Literature Online. http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 19, 2007).

From the guide to the Sean O'Casey letter to Angela Barry, 1946 February 1, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Irish writer Sean O'Casey (1880–1964) authored essays and autobiographical works but is best known for his plays.

"O'Casey, Sean, 1880–1964." Literature Online. http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 19, 2007).

From the guide to the Sean O'Casey letter to Harold Waller, 1940 March 22, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Irish author Sean O'Casey (1880–1964) wrote essays and autobiographical works but is best known for his plays.

"O'Casey, Sean, 1880–1964." Literature Online. http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 19, 2007).

From the guide to the Sean O'Casey letter to Bonar Thompson, 1933 October 25, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Irish writer Sean O'Casey (1880–1964) authored essays and autobiographical works but is best known for his plays.

"O'Casey, Sean, 1880–1964." Literature Online. http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed August 14, 2007).

From the guide to the Sean O'Casey letter to Bethel Solomons, 1934 March 4, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Irish writer Sean O'Casey (1880–1964) authored essays and autobiographical works but is best known for his plays.

"O'Casey, Sean, 1880–1964." Literature Online. http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed March 19, 2007).

From the guide to the "Purple Dust" essay, circa 1962, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Irish playwright and author.

O'Casey was born in Dublin. He worked as a laborer, and became involved in the labor movement. He wrote poetry and verse, and then became interested in the theatre. He emerged as one of the leading Irish playwrights of the early twentieth century.

From the description of Sean O'Casey letters, 1946-1969 (bulk 1955-1956). (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 32944473

Irish playwright and author.

O'Casey was born in Dublin. He worked as a laborer and became involved in the labor movement. He wrote poetry and verse, and then became interested in the theatre. He emerged as one of the leading Irish playwrights of the early twentieth century.

From the description of Robert G. Lowery - Sean O'Casey Collection, [188-?]-1995. (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 35840248

Sean O'Casey (1880-1964) was an Irish playwright and memoirist noted for his portrayal of the lives of Ireland's working class and poor. O'Casey was born in Dublin in 1880 and struggled in his early life with poverty and illness. He became involved in the Irish nationalist movement, was noted for his socialist and communist political beliefs, and was often critical of the Catholic Church. O'Casey's first significant success as a dramatist came with the acceptance and production of The Shadow of a Gunman by the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1923. The Abbey Theatre would produce several of his subsequent plays, including Juno and the Paycock, and The Plough and the Stars, which caused riots after being criticized as anti-Irish. In 1926, O'Casey went to London on what was intended to be a short visit, but decided to remain in England as a result of disputes with the Abbey Theatre and several figures in the Irish literary community. He continued to write and produced several other notable dramatic works, including Purple Dust, Red Roses for Me, Cock-A-Doodle Dandy, and The Bishop's Bonfire . O'Casey also produced an autobiography that was released in six individual volumes from 1939 to 1954. Sean O'Casey is regarded as one of the leading Irish playwrights of the 20th Century. (1)

David H. Greene (1913-2008), was a leading scholar of Irish literature and professor at New York University. Greene edited 1000 years of Irish Prose, An Anthology of Irish Literature, and co-edited The Matter with Ireland, a collection of writings from George Bernard Shaw. He also co-wrote the authorized biography of Irish dramatist John M. Synge, J.M. Synge, 1871-1909 . O'Casey and Greene met in the 1930s while Greene was a graduate student at Harvard University, and continued a friendship and correspondence until O'Casey's death in 1964. (2)

Sources: (1) daRin, Doris. Sean O'Casey . New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1976. "Sean O'Casey, Irish Playwright, is Dead at 84." New York Times, September 19, 1964. (2) Hevesi, Dennis. "David H. Greene, Scholar of Irish Literature, Dies at 94." New York Times, July 13, 2008.

From the guide to the David H. Greene Collection of Sean O'Casey Letters, 1944-1962, (© 2009 Fales Library and Special Collections)

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  • O'Casey, Sean, 1880-1964--Correspondence
  • English drama--Irish authors--History and criticism--Sources
  • Authors, Irish
  • Theater
  • Irish literature--20th century
  • Dramatists, Irish--20th century--Biography
  • Authors, Irish--20th century--Biography
  • Prompt-book
  • Dramatists,Irish--20th century--Sources
  • English drama--Irish authors--20th century--Sources
  • Dramatists, Irish--20th century--Correspondence
  • Irish drama--20th century
  • Abbey Theatre
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Authors, Irish--20th century--Correspondence
  • English drama Irish authors History and criticism Sources
  • Letters--20th century
  • Authors and publishers
  • Letters 20th century
  • Dramatists, Irish

Occupations:

  • Authors
  • Dramatists
  • Playwrights

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  • Dublin (Ireland) (as recorded)
  • Ireland--Dublin (as recorded)
  • China (as recorded)