• Boyd Letters

Boyd082

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As from 28 Rosetta Avenue, Belfast 7

6th September 1977

M. Dumay,
14 Rue de Gaulle,
21240 Talant,
Prance,

Dear M. Dumay,

My friend Eileen O'Casey kindly gave me your name when
I was enquiring about a French translator for one of my
plays called THE FLATS.

This play has had great success throughout Ireland, has also had a
successful production in Germany, and is going on at a New York
off-off-Broadway theatre for the 2nd time this Autumn.

Altogether it has proved to be very popular play, and has
been compared to O'Casey - hence Eileen O'Casey's interest in
my work.

When I was lecturing at the Sorbonne about a year ago a Paris
group were interested in a French production, and I began to
think about a French translation. If you would be interested
I would send you a copy of the play (it has been published and
gone into two editions), and T would also send you some of the
notices from Irish, American, and German newspapers.

I understand from Eileen O'Casey that you have already
translated FIGURE IN THE NIGHT and some of Sean's later
plays. I don't think, therefore, that you would find my
idiom particularly difficult. I would of course give you
every co-operation.

I am familiar enough with French, and visit Paris from time to
time, but I thinght it best to write to you in English.

Yours sincerely,

JOHN BOYD (signed)

(Copy of original letter transcribed from shorthand, due to
loss of copy)

Boyd082
Subject: 
John Boyd
Coverage: 
1977 Dec 6th
Keywords: 
O'Casey, German
Citation: 
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