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I Knock At The Door: Swift Glances Back at Things That Made Me. by  Sean O'Casey - First Edition - 1939 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 112333)

I Knock At The Door: Swift Glances Back at Things That Made Me.

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I Knock At The Door: Swift Glances Back at Things That Made Me.

by O'Casey, Sean

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London: Macmillan & Co, 1939. First edition of this autobiography by the famed Irish playwright. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. In near fine condition. A famous Irish playwright looks back at his early formative years, in Dublin, during the colorful period of Parnell. Johnny Casside's childhood was a tragic one, cut off first by the loss of his father, then by an acute eye infection, which doubtless helped stimulate his imagination and creative faculties. Years of poverty and malnutrition, conflicts between doctor and rector over his schooling, the struggle in school to keep pace with other boys, in spite of bandaged eyes, reprieve, when his mother finally sided with the doctor and removed him. Alternating with his harrowing personal experiences are descriptions of the times, -- processions, a Castle ball, a wake -- all done in lyrical, extravagantly Joycian manner, stream of consciousness style, plus the Rabelasian vernacular of the period. An unusual book, a blend of comedy and tragedy, very Irish in its sensitivity, its rhymes of thought and word. The book concerns itself only with those years of his childhood -- revealing the background against which his plays are drawn.


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I Knock At The Door: Swift Glances Back at Things That Made Me.
O'Casey, Sean
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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.


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