Exiles is a play by James Joyce, who is principally remembered for his novels. It draws on the story of The Dead, the final short story in Joyce's first major work, Dubliners, and was rejected by W. B. Yeats for production by the Abbey Theatre. It first major London performance was in 1970, when Harold Pinter directed it at the Mermaid Theatre. In terms of both its critical and popular reception, it has proven the least successful of all Joyce's published works - only Chamber Music runs it close. In making his case for the defence of the play, Padraic Colum conceded: ...critics have recorded their feeling that [Exiles] has not the enchantment of Portrait of the Artist nor the richness of [Ulysses]... They have noted that Exiles has the shape of an Ibsen play and have discounted it as being the derivative work of a young admirer of the great Scandinavian dramatist. -- Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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January 21, 2010
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