Title

The Valley of the Squinting Windows: a Century Without Pity

Document Type

Article

Rights

This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

Disciplines

5.8 MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS, General literature studies, 6.3 PHILOSOPHY, ETHICS and RELIGION

Publication Details

Reproduced with kind permission from The Irish Times

Published Saturday 1st September , 2018.

Abstract

Brinsley MacNamara, whose real name was John Weldon, was born on September 6th, 1890. His father, James, a school teacher, lived with his family in Hiskenstown, Co Westmeath, before relocating to Delvin in 1905. Fascinated by the theatre, Weldon the younger moved to Dublin in 1909 and joined the Abbey as an actor, adopting the stage name Brinsley MacNamara. He would subsequently publish plays and novels under this nom de plume, many of which are quite innovative and of a high artistic quality.

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