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Torquay, Devon, 10 September 1956. Letter. Creases from mailing, minor edgewear; otherwise close to Fine. A two-page AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS) on both sides of a 7-3/4" x 9-1/2" blue aerogramme to Jo Young at the Kansas State Teachers College. In part: "I can't say that SHADOW OF A GUNMAN is my favorite play. You see, my favorite is always the last play written; & so THE BISHOP'S BONFIRE is my choice today, tho' it will be set aside for a new favorite when a new play has been written. THE S[HADOW] OF A GUNMAN was written many years ago. I don't know how I could make it understandable to the farmers of 'The Sunflower State.' It is just an effort to show in dramatic form the poorer peoples', the workers, reaction to the Irish fight for Independence against the British authority. They suffered a lot -- more than the combatants themselves; far more, in fact, and, naturally, they didn't like it; for they had to go on living, & to live, they had to work; & to keep working in the midst of gunfire wasn't easy." O'Casey goes on to talk about how he would change the play if he did it over again, musing on the nature of change, and mentions how he has recently been ill. "Of course I don't expect the Kansas farmers to understand me, or even to be interested, for they live their own lives -- very different from mine, &, probably, more important. Some time ago, THE PLOUGH & THE STARS was done in Kansas University, in K. City, Missouri. Interested or not in me, O'Casey sends his warm wishes to the Kansas farmers, & to all Kansas citizens." Addressed on the reverse by O'Casey, who ad … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Charles Agvent, ABAA [United States]
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