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Deirdre of the Sorrows

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1 Opera by Karl Rankl, based on Synge's play, which won Fest. of Britain prize, 1951, but was not prod. 2 Lyric drama in 1 act by John J. Becker ...

Deirdre of the Sorrows

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The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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... of the Sorrows ( 1910 ), a play by J. M. Synge based on Longes mac nUislenn . Begun in 1907 and still being reworked at his death, it substitutes psychological motivation for the geis of the original and brings Deirdre to the centre of the narrative, while retaining much of the starkness of the earliest telling in the Book of Leinster...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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... of the Sorrows 1. Opera by Karl Rankl , based on Synge's play, which won Fest. of Britain prize, 1951 , but was not prod. 2. Lyric drama in 1 act by John J. Becker ( 1945...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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... of the Sorrows , a play by J. M. Synge ; it was left unrevised at the dramatist's death and published posthumously, in 1910 . The eponymous heroine, a foundling brought up to be his wife by Conchubor, High King of Ulster, rejects this unwanted marriage. Instead, she chooses Naisi for her husband, notwith-standing a prophecy that she will ruin him, and escapes with him and his brothers from Emain Macha to safety abroad in Alban. After seven years of intense happiness there, Conchubor sends an offer of peace and safe return home; and Deirdre accepts this,...

Deirdre of the Sorrows

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The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...fetch her to his court. Dressed in the rich clothes that Conchubor has brought, Deirdre welcomes in three men caught in a storm. They are Naisi and his brothers, in whom Deirdre has already expressed an interest. Despite the prophecy that Deirdre of the Sorrows will bring about their downfall, Naisi elopes with her to Alban. Their seven-year idyll in Alban is broken by the arrival of Conchubor's friend Fergus, promising the brothers a safe return to Ulster. Despite fearing Conchubor's treachery, Deirdre and Naisi know that the prophecy must be fulfilled and set...

Deirdre of the Sorrows

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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... of the Sorrows . The last, unfinished play by J.M. Synge , based on the story of Deirdre and the Sons of Usna , one of the greatest of tragic Irish love stories. Its sense of fatality mirrored Synge's own struggle for life, and the fact that it was written for his love Molly Allgood , who had been so successful as Pegeen Mike in The Playboy of the Western World . The play was staged at the Abbey Theatre on 13 January 1910 , using the unfinished script with only a few alterations. Reactions were predictable, with the Irish Times ...

Deirdre of the Sorrows

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1 Opera by Karl Rankl, based on Synge's play, which won Fest. of Britain prize, 1951, but was not prod.2 Lyric drama in 1 act by John J. Becker (1945).
Trí Truagha na Sgéalaigheachta

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[The Three Sorrows of Storytelling; The Three Sorrowful Stories of Erin]. See the DEIRDRE story; OIDHEADH CHLAINNE LIR [The Tragic Story of the Children of Lir]; and OIDHEADH CHLAINNE TUIREANN [The ...
Deirdre

Deirdre  

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In Irish mythology, a tragic heroine (Deirdre of the Sorrows) of whom it was prophesied that her beauty would bring banishment and death to heroes. King Conchubar of Ulster wanted to marry her, but ...
Karl Rankl

Karl Rankl  

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(b Gaaden, 1898; d St Gilgen, 1968).Austrian‐born conductor and composer. Cond. Vienna Volksoper 1922–5. Cond. opera at Reichenberg and Königsberg, 1925–8, then ch.‐master to Klemperer at Kroll ...
Oidheadh Chlainne Tuireann

Oidheadh Chlainne Tuireann  

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Aided Chlainne Tuirenn. Irish title for the prose narrative of the Mythological Cycle known in English as The Tragic Story of the Children of Tuireann or The Fate of the Children of Tuireann. ...
Oidheadh Chlainne Lir

Oidheadh Chlainne Lir  

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Irish title for the late medieval romance (MSS c.1500) usually known in English as The Tragic Story of the Children of Lir, or The Fate of the Children of Lir; it may also be known, with earlier ...
María Casares

María Casares  

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(b. Coruña, Spain, 21 Nov. 1922)Actress, who first appeared in a Paris production of Synge's Deirdre of the Sorrows (1943). Her enigmatic, almost haughty charm earned her leading roles ...
John Millington Synge

John Millington Synge  

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(1871–1909)Irish playwright.Born near Dublin, Synge was educated privately before going to Trinity College, Dublin, in 1888. On leaving university (1893) he intended to make music his profession, but ...
Trí Truagha na Sgéalaigheachta

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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...Truagha na Sgéalaigheachta [The Three Sorrows of Storytelling; The Three Sorrowful Stories of Erin]. See the DEIRDRE story; OIDHEADH CHLAINNE LIR [The Tragic Story of the Children of Lir]; and OIDHEADH CHLAINNE TUIREANN [The Tragic Story of the Children of...

Longes mac nUislenn

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The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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...nUislenn ( Exile of the Sons of Uisliu ), the tragic story of Deirdre (Derdriu) and the sons of Uisliu from the Ulster cycle . Preserved in the Book of Leinster and the Yellow Book of Lecan , it is known as one of the Three Sorrows of Storytelling . When Fedlimid, ollam [ see áes dána ] to Conchobor, gives a drunken feast at his house, the child his wife is bearing is born. The druid Cathbad names her as Deirdre and fore-tells that she will cause destruction. Conchobor decrees that she be brought up in secret. Years later, Deirdre accosts Noisi at ...

Deirdre

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...Conchobar. Deirdre is the subject and title of a play ( 1907 ) by W.B. Yeats , and J.M. Synge also dramatized the legend in his Deirdre of the Sorrows ( 1910 ). The meaning of the name is...

Deirdre

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The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

... “Deirdre of the Sorrows,” as she is called in Irish mythology, was the daughter of the Ulster chieftain Felim Mac Dall . The druid soothsayer Cathbhad predicted that she would grow up to be the fairest woman of all. He also said that her death would bring great tragedy to Ulster. Nevertheless, the not-always-wise King Conchobhar , in anticipation of possessing this future beauty for himself, kept the girl under his protection, intending eventually to marry her. When she was of age, however, Deirdre fell in love with Naoise (Noisu), the son of ...

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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...Notable retellings of the narrative include: S. Ferguson , ‘Death of the Children of Usnach’ ( 1834 ) and Deirdre ( 1880 ); R. D. Joyce , Deirdre ( 1876 ); A. de Vere , Sons of Usnach ( 1882 ); W. Sharp , House of Usna ( 1900 ); H. Trench , Deirdre Wedded ( 1901 ); Lady Gregory , Cuchulain of Muirthemne ( 1902 ); George Russell , Deirdre ( 1906 ); W. B. Yeats , Deirdre ( 1906 ); J. M. Synge , Deirdre of the Sorrows ( 1909 ); J. Stephens , Deirdre ( 1923 ); John Coulter , Deirdre of the Sorrows ( 1944 ). Deirdre is transformed...

Casarès [Quiroga], Maria

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...appeared in a Paris production of Synge 's Deirdre of the Sorrows ( 1943 ). Her enigmatic, almost haughty charm earned her leading roles in the existentialist works of Camus and Sartre . In 1952 she joined the Comédie-Française , then the Théâtre National Populaire , and in the 1960s the Théâtre de France under Barrault . One of the greatest French actresses of the twentieth century, her successes in contemporary works were matched by memorable performances in classical roles such as Lady Macbeth , Margaret of Anjou and Racine's Phèdre. Adriana...

Synge, [Edmund] J. M.

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

...J. M. [ Edmund John Millington Synge ] ( 1871–1909 ) Irish dramatist and poet The Shadow of the Glen ( 1903 ) Drama Riders to the Sea ( 1904 ) Drama The Aran Islands ( 1907 ) Non-Fiction The Playboy of the Western World ( 1907 ) Drama Deirdre of the Sorrows [unfinished] ( 1909 ) Drama Poems and Translations ( 1909 ) Poetry The Tinker's Wedding ( 1909 ) Drama In Wicklow, West Kerry, and Connemara ( 1911 ) Non-Fiction The Well of the Saints ( 1905 ) ...

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