Paul Vincent Carroll John D. Conway - Essay

John D. Conway

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

It is often remarked that there exists among Irish dramatists a natural impulse toward social satire. Playwrights such as Sheridan, Goldsmith, Wilde, and Shaw often outraged the English theatre with their satiric wit. During the Dramatic Revival in Ireland the satiric impulse found convincing expression in Synge, the early O'Casey, and Lennox Robinson. Hence it comes as nothing of a surprise that Paul Vincent Carroll, a man who deeply admired Swift, should have found a natural Celtic impulse irresistible.

Although there is bitter religious and social satire in Carroll's earliest published plays, Things That Are Caesar's (1934), Shadow and Substance (1937), and The White Steed...

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