BRICRIU'S FEAST | A COMEDY IN THREE ACTS | WITH AN EPILOGUE, with typewritten letter to the author's daughter Ita O'Duffy.

Eimar O'Duffy
Publication details: 
Martin Lester, Ltd, 44 Dawson Street, Dublin; [1919?].
SKU: 3382

52 pages, 8vo. In original blue printed wraps, which are folded around endpapers, the rear of which bears publisher's advertisements. In poor condition: paper browning and spotting with age, binding loose and wraps frayed and worn, especially at spine. The front wrap has a long closed tear at head, and the indentation of a paper-clip, which attaches the typewritten letter (1 page, 8vo, discoloured and worn at extremities), headed 'Room 102, | Surrey Street. | 7.4.52', from 'Christine' to 'Ita'. She apologises for keeping the book so long, asks how things are going at Aldenham, and gives a useful summing up of her response to the work, 'To be quite honest, when I first glanced at it I thought, "Oh! it's one of these high-faluting Irish blathers all about doughty heroes and peerless women", but when I really got down to reading it I discovered what an entertaining skit it was on just those topics'. In his monograph (Eimar O'Duffy, 1972) Robert Hogan dates this work to 1919 (page 82).