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by John Millington Synge

John Millington Synge was born in 1871, to an Irish Protestant family in Rathfarnham, near Dublin. As a young man, he left Ireland for the Continent and spent several years in Germany and France, studying various literatures and trying his hand at poetry and the essay. In Paris in 1896, his path crossed with that of another aspiring Irish writer, the poet William Butler Yeats. This meeting has become famous: as Yeats recounts in his “Autobiographical Writings,” he encouraged Synge to abandon his rather moody and bohemian literary lifestyle in France and return to Ireland to rediscover the language and the folk culture that survived among the rural peasantry, and among the population of the Gaelic-speaking Aran Islands in particular (Yeats in Finneran, p. 293). Synge spent many summers in the west of Ireland getting to know the stories, songs, and...

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