Sean O’Casey’s theatrical career spanned numerous decades, nations and dramatic styles, but he is largely remembered as a quintessentially Irish dramatist. His Dublin Trilogy, written between 1923 and 1926, forms the basis of this reputation, as the plays deal with conflicts in Ireland in the early 20th century. O’Casey, and his plays, are thus often assumed to represent his nation, which achieved independence from Britain in 1922 after a bitter struggle. O’Casey’s “Irishness” was made even more explicit because he frequently wrote for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, a venue generally associated with drama which explored themes involving Ireland and Irish politics, and although his later work was …

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Rees, Catherine. "Sean O'Casey". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 August 2005
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