The discussion also reveals that two important Abbey managers, with regard to staging urban plays, were Cork-born: Lennox Robinson
and Frank O'Connor.
Yeats' revised typescript for each work is presented in photographs and transcription, along with images of Lennox Robinson
's musical settings for the songs in the 1931 production of The Cat and the Moon.
The announcement came amid controversy about the postponement of two productions previously announced for the Abbey's centenary, season: Both "Drama at Inish," by Lennox Robinson
, and "Smokescreen," a new play by Paul Mercier, were dropped from the 2004 schedule in the Peacock Theater, the Abbey's second stage.
Under the aegis of his uncle Lennox Robinson
, playwright and director, the young Dorman (flogging copies of his arts magazine, Commentary, as he goes) is brought into literary society.
With Lennox Robinson
, he edited The Oxford Book of Irish Verse (1958).
Other significant Abbey dramatists were Padraic Colum, Lennox Robinson
, and Paul Vincent Carroll.
The book's strengths lie in its painstaking research and fresh presentation of a familiar cast of Abbey characters including Yeats, Lady Gregory, Lennox Robinson
, Joseph Holloway, editors of The Catholic Bulletin (who were zealous in their attacks on the Abbey repertoire) and Ernest Blythe.