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Shaw - John Bull's Other Island and Major Barbara

Shaw - John Bull's Other Island and Major Barbara

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John Bull's Other Island was written in 1904 at the
request of Mr. William Butler Yeats, as a patriotic contribution
to the repertory of the Irish Literary Theatre.
Like most people who have asked me to write plays, ISIr.
Yeats got rather more than he bargained for. The play
was at that time beyond the resources of the new Abbey
Theatre, which the Irish enterprise owed to the public
spirit of Miss A. E. F. Horniman (an Englishwoman,
of course), who, twelve years ago, played an irqportant
part in the history of the modern English stage as well
as in my own personal destiny by providing the necessary
capital for that memorable season at the Avenue
Theatre which forced my Arms and The Man and Mr.
Yeats's Land of Heart's Desire on the recalcitrant London
playgoer, and gave a third Irish playwright. Dr.
John Todhunter, an opportunity which the commercial
theatres could not have afforded him.
There was another reason for changing the destination
of John Bull's Other Island. It was uncongenial
to the whole spirit of the neo-Gaelic movement, which
is bent on creating a new Ireland after its own ideal,
whereas my play is a very uncompromising presentment
of the real old Ireland.
John Bull's Other Island was written in 1904 at the
request of Mr. William Butler Yeats, as a patriotic contribution
to the repertory of the Irish Literary Theatre.
Like most people who have asked me to write plays, ISIr.
Yeats got rather more than he bargained for. The play
was at that time beyond the resources of the new Abbey
Theatre, which the Irish enterprise owed to the public
spirit of Miss A. E. F. Horniman (an Englishwoman,
of course), who, twelve years ago, played an irqportant
part in the history of the modern English stage as well
as in my own personal destiny by providing the necessary
capital for that memorable season at the Avenue
Theatre which forced my Arms and The Man and Mr.
Yeats's Land of Heart's Desire on the recalcitrant London
playgoer, and gave a third Irish playwright. Dr.
John Todhunter, an opportunity which the commercial
theatres could not have afforded him.
There was another reason for changing the destination
of John Bull's Other Island. It was uncongenial
to the whole spirit of the neo-Gaelic movement, which
is bent on creating a new Ireland after its own ideal,
whereas my play is a very uncompromising presentment
of the real old Ireland.

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Published by: Sean on Dec 16, 2010
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