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Murray, Christopher

Overview
Works: 61 works in 200 publications in 1 language and 5,453 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Encyclopedias  Biography‡vDictionaries  Reference works  Biography  Drama  Diaries  Interviews  Conference papers and proceedings  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of screenplay, Director, Other, Compiler
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Christopher Murray
Seán O'Casey : writer at work : a biography by Christopher Murray( )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 1,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Sean O'Casey: Writer at Work Christopher Murray takes a fresh look at the life of the last of the great writers of the Irish literary revival. Re-exploring the Dublin of O'Casey's childhood and the political situation in the Ireland during his early life, Murray sets them against O'Casey's autobiographies in an attempt to establish 'O'Casey's Ireland'. The second half of O'Casey's life was spent mostly outside Ireland and much of his income came from the United States. Murray examines his rise as an international figure and contrasts his later, more socialist, work with his more nationalist early work." "Christopher Murray establishes O'Casey as a self-made man of letters, an irrepressible fighter, a man who combined political courage and innocence, torn between a humanist vision of life rooted in his Dublin childhood and a utopian but blinkered loyalty to the Soviet Union." "Sean O'Casey: Writer at Work reconstructs a life committed to writing as a moral endeavour. While acknowledging that much of O'Casey's work was uneven, flawed, and overambitious, Murray argues that at its best it was infused with a passion and generosity that place it among the best bodies of drama in the twentieth century."--Jacket
Twentieth-century Irish drama : mirror up to nation by Christopher Murray( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Alive in time' : the enduring drama of Tom Murphy : new essays by Christopher Murray( )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on the work of playwright Tom Murphy
Encyclopedia of literary critics and criticism( Book )

18 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Beckett : 100 years : centenary essays( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brian Friel : essays, diaries, interviews, 1964-1999 by Brian Friel( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the success of Philadelphia, Here I Come! in 1964, Brian Friel has written over twenty plays, successively confirming his reputation as a major dramatist of the twentieth century. But Friel had written plays and short stories before that, giving up his teaching job to become a fulltime writer in 1960 and living for part of that time in the United States." "This collection of essays, diary extracts and interviews from 1964 to 1999 delves into his work and life both before and after his landmark play. Highlighting his working processes and analysing the work in relation to both social and political sensibilities, the volume offers a wealth of material in celebration of a writer described by the Observer as 'the most profound and poetic of contemporary Irish dramatists'."--Jacket
The theatre of Brian Friel : tradition and modernity by Christopher Murray( Book )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Brian Friel is Ireland's foremost living playwright, whose work spans fifty years and has won numerous awards, including three Tonys and a Lifetime Achievement Arts Award. Author of twenty-five plays, and whose work is studied at GCSE and A level (UK), and the Leaving Certificate (Ire), besides at undergraduate level, he is regarded as a classic in contemporary drama studies. Christopher Murray's Critical Companion is the definitive guide to Friel's work, offering both a detailed study of individual plays and an exploration of Friel's dual commitment to tradition and modernity across his oeuvre. Beginning with Friel's 1964 work Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Christopher Murray follows a broadly chronological route through the principle plays, including Aristocrats, Faith Healer, Translations, Dancing at Lughnasa, Molly Sweeney and The Home Place. Along the way it considers themes of exile, politics, fathers and sons, belief and ritual, history, memory, gender inequality, and loss, all set against the dialectic of tradition and modernity. It is supplemented by essays from Shaun Richards, David Krause and Csilla Bertha providing varying critical perspectives on the playwright's work"--
Sean O'Casey by Christopher Murray( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yeats and the Noh : a comparative study by Masaru Sekine( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three Dublin plays : the shadow of a gunman, Juno and the Paycock, the plough and the stars by Sean O'Casey( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these three early plays -- generally considered his greatest work -- Sean O'Casey mirrors the lives of the Dublin poor of the early twentieth century, from the tenement dwellers in The Shadow of a Gunman and Juno and the Paycock to the bricklayer, street vendor, and charwoman in The Plough and the Stars. He conveys the tiny details that create a total character as well as the terrors, large and small, that the constant threat of political violence inevitably brings. As Seamus Heaney has written, "O'Casey's characters are both down to earth and larger than life ... his democratic genius was at one with his tragic understanding."
Yeats and the Noh : a comparative study by Masaru Sekine( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Beckett : playwright & poet( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The masterly work of Samuel Beckett radically changed the way we as readers and theatregoers perceive our experience in a world that more often than not painfully eludes our comprehension and articulation. His vision unsparing, shaped by bare-bones language, Beckett distinctively altered the literary landscape of the twentieth century. That magical terrain is explored anew in this volume by editor Christopher Murray and twelve other outstanding Beckett authorities, among them John Banville, winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize; the distinguished literary critic Richard Kearney; Oxford lecturer in drama Rosemary Pountney; and actor Barry McGovern."--Global Books in Print
Plays by Brian Friel( Book )

in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected plays of George Shiels by George Shiels( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection attempts to facilitate the needed redefinition of playwright George Shiel's place in the Irish dramatic canon."--BOOK JACKET
Studies on the contemporary Irish theatre : actes du colloque de Caen, 11-12 janvier 1991 by Terence Brown( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce livre commence par l'un des plus illustres représentants du théâtre contemporain irlandais, Brian Friel, chez qui Nicholas Grene explore différents modes de vérité à travers une analyse de quelques-unes de ses plus grandes pièces comme The Freedom of the City, Faith Healer ou Dancing at Lughnasa. Terence Brown étudie le rôle de la musique dans le théâtre de Stewart Parker, sa vision de Belfast, la ville natale, qui s'élargit à l'histoire de la province et à celle de l'Irlande. Lynda Henderson souligne les relations problématiques qui, dans les premières pièces de Tom Murphy, relient le monde intérieur et le monde extérieur jusqu'au moment où, à partir de The Gigli Concert, le premier l'emporte clairement. L'abnégation est, dans le théâtre de Thomas Kilroy, nous explique Barbara Hayley, le seul moyen qui permette à certaines personnalités de s'affirmer. Quant aux thèmes de l'œuvre de Frank McGuinness, ce sont, selon le dramaturge lui-même, perte, désespoir, échec, violence, damnation, Heaney, The Cure at Troy, donne lieu de la part de Colin Meir à un compte rendu de la représentation au Lyric Players Theatre de Belfast en octobre 1990, suivi d'une analyse du texte. Christopher Murray choisit enfin d'étudier les thèmes de dramaturges moins célèbres, pour la plupart des jeunes, qui seront peut-être les grands noms de demain. Ainsi cet ouvrage nous offre un large panorama de la production théâtrale dans l'Irlande contemporaine
William Wycherley, the country wife : notes by Christopher Murray( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doctor Faustus by Christopher Murray( Book )

2 editions published between 1981 and 1992 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doctor Faustus (York notes) by Christopher Murray( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Howard Finster : American flag paintings : exhibition and catalogue by Christopher Murray( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on the contemporary Irish theatre : actes du colloque de Caen (11-12 janvier 1991)( )

in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce livre commence par l'un des plus illustres représentants du théâtre contemporain irlandais, Brian Friel, chez qui Nicholas Grene explore différents modes de vérité à travers une analyse de quelques-unes de ses plus grandes pièces comme The Freedom of the City, Faith Healer ou Dancing at Lughnasa. Terence Brown étudie le rôle de la musique dans le théâtre de Stewart Parker, sa vision de Belfast, la ville natale, qui s'élargit à l'histoire de la province et à celle de l'Irlande. Lynda Henderson souligne les relations problématiques qui, dans les premières pièces de Tom Murphy, relient le monde intérieur et le monde extérieur jusqu'au moment où, à partir de The Gigli Concert, le premier l'emporte clairement. L'abnégation est, dans le théâtre de Thomas Kilroy, nous explique Barbara Hayley, le seul moyen qui permette à certaines personnalités de s'affirmer. Quant aux thèmes de l'œuvre de Frank McGuinness, ce sont, selon le dramaturge lui-même, perte, désespoir, échec, violence, damnation, Heaney, The Cure at Troy, donne lieu de la part de Colin Meir à un compte rendu de la représentation au Lyric Players Theatre de Belfast en octobre 1990, suivi d'une analyse du texte. Christopher Murray choisit enfin d'étudier les thèmes de dramaturges moins célèbres, pour la plupart des jeunes, qui seront peut-être les grands noms de demain. Ainsi cet ouvrage nous offre un large panorama de la production théâtrale dans l'Irlande contemporaine
 
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Encyclopedia of literary critics and criticism
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Twentieth-century Irish drama : mirror up to nation'Alive in time' : the enduring drama of Tom Murphy : new essaysEncyclopedia of literary critics and criticismSamuel Beckett : 100 years : centenary essaysBrian Friel : essays, diaries, interviews, 1964-1999Sean O'CaseyYeats and the Noh : a comparative studyThree Dublin plays : the shadow of a gunman, Juno and the Paycock, the plough and the stars
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English (117)