Books: Gaum to the Last

INISHFALLEN, FARE THEE WELL (396 pp.) —Sean O'Casey—Macmillan ($4.75).

"A slum dramatist, a guttersnipe who could jingle a few words together." That was how Playwright Sean O'Casey (The Plough and the Stars, Juno and the Paycock) summarized what much of the Irish press said of him and his works. Absolutely correct, agrees O'Casey—and proud of it. He promises to spend his whole life wearing "the tattered badge of [his proletarian] tribe . . . soiled with the diseased sweat of the tenements."

Inishfallen, Fare Thee Well, the fourth volume of his third-person autobiography,* is...

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