A Man Called Pearse – A Play in Three Acts (1980)
Author: Criostoir O'Flynn
Book ID: 63345
A Man Called Pearse – A Play in Three Acts. (Dublin), Foilseacháin Náisiúnta Teoranta, 1980. First Edition. Pp vi, 232. Pictorial card wrappers. A few minor pen and pencil lines to margins, otherwise a fine bright copy.
Presentation copy, with long inscription from the author on half-title, to Dr Séamus Ó Buachalla, editor of Pearse’s correspondence.
O’Flynn’s play was written to commemorate the centennial of Pearse’s birth (1879). Act One covers period 1897-1909; Act Two – 1910-1913; Act Three – 1914-1916.
An interesting literary anecdote of an encounter between Pearse & James Joyce is related to in the first act (pp44-45). In a conversation with his sister Mary, Pearse says: ‘I lost my star pupil from my Irish class at the University this morning–He’s a young Dublin student named James Joyce. I’ve heard that he’s telling people that he found my class boring and that I didn’t value English literature high enough.’