Birthright. A Play in Two Acts (1911)
Book ID: 59622
Birthright. A Play in Two Acts. Dublin: Maunsel, 1911. First edition. Pp, 43, uncut. Publisher’s pale green wrappers, Abbey Logo depicting image of Queen Maeve hunting with her wolfhound (woodcut designed by Elinor Monsell) to upper cover advertisements to rear. Yapp edges frayed, otherwise a fine copy. Murray’s debut play for the Abbey Theatre, it dramatizes a conflict over the inheritance of a family farm. It toured in America along with Synge’s ‘In the Shadow of the Glen’ where it stirred controversy among its Irish-American audiences more accustomed to romanticised treatments of Ireland in earlier melodramas such as those by Boucicault.