'Sunshine & the Moon's Delight'
21.0 x 13.8 cm. 356 pp. 1979
A paperback edition of the out-of-print hardback Sunshine & the Moon's Delight
The essays in this book (first published in 1972) demonstrate the universal appeal of J. M. Synge’s writings and his influence in the world. Collected and published in commemoration of the centenary of his birth, the volume originates from the oldest ‘modern’ university in the Arab world, and the contributions come from many countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Syria and the United States.
The collection consists of essays dealing with specific works (drama, poetry and prose) as well as with general studies of Synge as man and artist.
The book brings together in one volume some of the different kinds of work being carried out in the field of Synge studies.
It has not only proved of value to scholars, but is also a most useful reference work for students at schools and universities. It is edited by Suheil Badi Bushrui, who was born in Jordan,and was at that time Chairman of the Department of English at the American University of Beirut and a Ph.D. of Southampton University (England), where he was a British Council Scholar. He taught at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), Calgary and York (Canada), and lectured at African, American, English and continental universities. In 1963 he was awarded the Una Ellis-Fermor Prize for his work on W. B. Yeats, on whom he has published four books; Yeats’s Verse Plays; The Revisions, 1900-1910 (1965); W. B. Yeats; Centenary Essays (1965); Shi'un Min Yeats (1969), the first book in Arabic on Yeats; and Images and Memories; A Pictorial Record of the life and works of W. B. Yeats (1970).
He has also written on English, Arabic and African literatures as well as on Anglo-Irish literature, his main interest. He organised the Gibran International Festival in Beirut (1970), and edited An Introduction to Kahlil Gibran (1970) and several other works on Gibran and Ameen Rhiani. He was President of the Association of University Teachers of English in the Arab World. He died on 10 September 2015. Obituaries can be found at http://ysnews.com/news/2015/09/suheil-badi-bushrui and at http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-suheil-bushrui-20150927-story.html, https://arabhyphen.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/suheil-badi-bushrui-passes-away-1929-2015/ and elsewhere.
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