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James Bridie

(1888—1951)


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(pseudonym of Osborne Henry Mavor) (1888–1951),

playwright, established his reputation with The Anatomist (1930), a comedy on the grave‐robbers Burke and Hare. His plays fall roughly into four groups: those on biblical themes, such as Tobias and the Angel (1930), Jonah and the Whale (1932), and Susannah and the Elders (1937); those with medical themes, such as A Sleeping Clergyman (1933); portrait plays, including Mr Bolfry (1943); and experimental, symbolist, and partly poetic plays such as Daphne Laureola (1949) and his last play, the dark, foreboding The Baikie Charivari (1952). Many of Bridie's dramas, with their bold characterization, lively debate, and humour, are reminiscent of morality plays. Bridie assisted in the establishment of the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre in 1943, and founded the first College of Drama in Scotland in 1950.

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