Happy As Larry.
By donagh macdonagh. embellishments by francis rose.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5.75 x 8.5 inches. 81 +  + IV + [I] pp. Bound in original cream boards with black titles. Extremities a little worn, but otherwise a very good copy. Loosely inset: Typescript review and summary of the play at the Mercury Theatre, signed L.E.R.,  p. Illustrated by wood engravings by Francis Rose, including title page border, scene titles and vignettes. Decorated by publisher's device on title page. A verse drama which was very successful in post-war London. The enclosed review describes it as 'this lunatic soup of exaggerated tragedy and comedy which can only be described as melodrama - fantastic yet disarmingly matter-of-fact, in which poetic lyricism and jingling Irish ballad mixes unashamed with doggerel, with refreshingly Celtic sans gene.' The text includes a glossary of difficult words and phrases at the end. Donagh MacDonagh (1912-68) was the son of Thomas MacDonagh, executed after the 1916 Rising. Playwright and broadcaster, he also served as a District judge and JP.
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