Paul Vincent Carroll Critical Essays


Carroll, Paul Vincent 1900–1968

An Irish dramatist and short story writer, Carroll once said of himself, "I write as Ibsen did. I take the life of a small village and enlarge it to encompass all human life." He developed what he termed "that unquenchable love of the drama" at Dublin's Abbey Theatre, where his first plays were produced. While teaching in Glasgow, Carroll discovered the writings of Jonathan Swift. Although profoundly influenced by Swift, Carroll never became as bitter in his satire or as bleak in his philosophy as his master. He also wrote movie scenarios and television scripts, and was a founding director of the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 9-12, rev. ed.; obituary, Vols. 25-28, rev. ed.)