Sean O'Casey

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Seán O'Casey (born John Casey, 30 March 1880 – 18 September 1964) was an Irish dramatist and memoirist. A committed socialist, he was the first Irish playwright of note to write about the Dublin working classes.

O'Casey was born in Dublin, Ireland, as John Casey or John Cassidy to Michael and Susan Archer Casey in a house at 85 Upper Dorset Street, in the northern inner-city area of ... more »

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  • ''Work! Labour the aspergas me of life; the one great sacrament of humanity from which all other things flow—security, leisure, joy, art, literature, even divinity itself.''
    Sean O'Casey (1884-1964), Irish dramatist. "In New York Now," vol. 5, Rose And Crown (1952).
  • ''As far as I can see, the Polis as Polis, in this city, is Null an' Void!''
    Sean O'Casey (1884-1964), Irish dramatist. Mrs. Madigan, in Juno and the Paycock, act 3 (1924). Referring to Dublin during the Irish Civil War in ...
  • ''Wealth often takes away chances from men as well as poverty. There is none to tell the rich to go on striving, for a rich man makes the law that hallows and hollows his own life.''
    Sean O'Casey (1884-1964), Irish dramatist. "Pennsylvanian Visit," vol. 5, Rose and Crown (1952).
  • ''Kind man, brave man, wise soul, indomitable spirit of the indomitable Irishry.''
    Sean O'Casey (1884-1964), Irish dramatist. "Shaw's Corner," vol. 6, Sunset and Evening Star (1954). Written on the death of George Bernard Shaw.
  • ''What time has been wasted during man's destiny in the struggle to decide what man's next world will be like! The keener the effort to find out, the less he knew about the present one he lived in.''
    Sean O'Casey (1884-1964), Irish dramatist. "Shaw's Corner," vol. 6, Sunset and Evening Star (1954).
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