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In The Abbey Theatre (1987), E. H. Mikhail presents a comprehensive history of The Abbey Theatre from the beginning to the present time, focusing on the actors, playwrights, directors, and supporters of the theater.
Following Yeats's suggestion, Synge lived for a time on The Aran Islands, where he made careful observations of the inhabitants there. He gathered together his notes in essay form, which were eventually published as The Aran Islands (1907).
Riders to the Sea was produced by the Irish National Theatre Society in Dublin in 1904. Like Playboy of the Western World, this play presents a realistic yet poetic vision of Irish life, specifically on one of The Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland.
In the Shadow of the Glen (1903) was Synge's first play to be produced by the Irish National Theatre Society in Dublin in 1904. It began the author's battle with Irish theater patrons over his authentic portrait of Irish life.