Conor McPherson, born in Dublin on 6 August 1971, is one of the most original and important Irish playwrights to emerge in the 1990s. Although he grew up in a working-class area, hated school and didn’t impress his teachers, McPherson did well in his exams and studied English and Philosophy at University College Dublin, finishing with a double first at the age of 20. He went on to do a Masters in Philosophy and taught ethics for two years. During his time at UCD he began acting, writing and directing for the theatre. His early work with the UCD Drama Society includes Taking Stock (1989), Michelle Pfeiffer (1990) and Scenes Federal (1991). These plays, however, never received a professional production outside UCD.…
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Schreiber, Mark. "Conor McPherson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 February 2005
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