Robert Hogan

Life
1930-1999 [Robert Goode Hogan]; b. Boonville, Missouri; taught literature at University of Delaware; travelled frequently to Ireland, especially to study Irish theatre; wrote Bucknell UP monographs on Arthur Miller (1964), Eimar O'Duffy (1972), and Mervyn Wall (1972); issued After the Irish Renaissance: A Critical History of Irish Drama Since ‘The Plough and the Stars’ (1968), followed by the six volumes of Modern Irish Drama: Documentary History (1875-92) - chiefly a history of the Abbey; ed. Journal of Irish Literature (1972-94), and invited Irish writers such as Ben Kiely to teach in Delaware; met and married Mary Rose Callaghan, with whom he lived in Delaware and Bray, Co. Wicklow; ed. Dictionary of Irish Literature (1979; rev. & enl. 1996); he also wrote a play, Saint Jane (1966); retired and settled in Ireland with Callaghan, 1991; d. 5 March 1999.

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Works
Monographs
(single authors): The Experiments of Sean O’Casey (NY: St Martin’s Press 1960 ); Arthur Miller (1964); Eimar O’Duffy (Bucknell UP 1972), 84pp.; Mervyn Wall (Bucknell UP 1972), 75pp.; ; ‘Since O’Casey’ and Other Essays on Irish Drama (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1983). Miscellaneous, with Elisabeth Young-Bruehl & Robert Hogan, ĎAn Appraisal of Conor Cruise O'Brien', Journal of Irish Literature , Vol. III, No. 2 [Newark, Delaware: Proscenium] (May 1974), pp.3-47.

Studies in theatrical history: After the Irish Renaissance: A Critical History of Irish Drama Since ‘The Plough and the Stars’ (Minneapolis UP 1968); [author and co-author,] Modern Irish Drama: A Documentary History 6 vols. (Dolmen/Gerrards Cross 1975-92) [details].

 

Bibliographical details
Modern Irish Drama: A Documentary History, 1: The Irish Literary Theatre, 1899-1901 (Dolmen 1975); 2: James Kilroy, Laying The Foundations: 1902-1904 (Dolmen 1976); 3: with Richard Burnham et al., The Abbey Theatre: The Years of Synge, 1905-1909 (Dolmen 1978), 385pp.; 4. with Richard Burnham & Daniel P. Poteet, The Rise of the Realists 1910-1915 (Dublin: Dolmen Press; Dufour Edns. 1979), 535pp.; 5: with Richard Burnam, The Art of the Amateur: 1916-1920 (Portlaoise Dolmen 1984), 368pp.; 6: with Richard Burnham,Years of O’Casey, 1921-1926 (Delware UP: Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1992), .

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Scholarly editions: ed., Joseph Holloway’s Abbey Theatre: A Selection from his Unpublished Journal (Dolmen 1967); ed. with Michael J. O’Neill, Joseph Holloway’s Irish Theatre, Vol.1: 1926-1931 (Dolmen 1968), Vol.2: 1932-1937 (Dolmen 1969), Vol.3: 1938-1944 (Dolmen 1970). ed., Feathers from the Green Crow: Sean O’Casey, 1905-1925 (Missouri UP 1962; London: Macmillan 1963).

Drama editions: ed. [q.a.,] Betty and the Beast: A Play in Two Acts [Lost Plays series] (Proscenium Press 1967); ed., Brendan Behan, Moving Out; and A Garden Party: Two Plays [Short Play Ser. No. 3] (Proscenium 1967); ed. and intro., Seven Irish Plays 1946-1964 (Minneapolis UP 1967); with James Kilroy, Lost Plays of the Irish Renaissance (Proscenium 1970). ed., John O’Donovan, Jonathan, Jack, and GBS: Four Plays about Irish History and Literature (Delaware UP/AUP 1993).

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Prose Editions, ed. George Fitzmaurice, The Crows of Mephistopheles and other stories (Dolmen 1970).

Reference works, ed., Dictionary of Irish Literature (NY: Greenwood; Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1980), xviii, 815pp.; and Do. [new enl. edn.], 2 vols. (NY: Greenwood 1996), xx, 1413pp.

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References
Dictionary of Irish Literature
(Conn: Greenwood Press; London: Macmillan 1979; rep. in 2 vols. NJ: Greenwood 1996); ‘Arthur Miller’, in Leonard Unger, ed., American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies [?3 vols.], vol. 3 [ed. (NY: Charles Sonbriers & Sons 1974); After the Irish Renaissance: A critical history of Irish Drama since ‘The Plough and the Stars’ (1968).

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CATALOGUE (BS): Robert Hogan, ed., After the Renaissance: A Critical History of the Irish Drama since ‘The Plough and the Stars’ (Minneapolis: Minnesota UP 1967); with William Feeney, eds., Lost Plays of the Irish Renaissance, Vol. I: The Abbey Theatre (Newark: Proscenium 1970) [P. T. McGinley: ‘Lizzie and the Tinker’; Fred Ryan, ‘The laying of the Foundation’; James H. Cousins, ‘The Racing Lug’; Lady Gregory: ‘Twenty-Five: A Losing Game’; Padraic Colum, ‘The Saxon Shilling’; Maud Gonne MacBride ‘Dawn’]; William Feeney, ed., Lost Plays of the Irish Renaissance, Vol. II: Edward Martyn’s Irish Theatre (Dixon, California: Proscenium 1980); with Richard Burnham, eds., Lost Plays of the Irish Renaissance, Vol III: The Cork Dramatic Society (NY: Proscenium 1984); with James Kilroy, eds., The Modern Irish Drama, A Documentary History, Vol I: ‘The Irish Literary Theatre 1899-1901’ (Dublin: Dolmen 1975); with James Kilroy, eds., The Modern Irish Drama, A Documentary History, Vol II: ‘Laying the Foundations 1903-1904’ (Dublin: Dolmen 1976); with James Kilroy, eds., The Modern Irish Drama, A Documentary History, Vol III: ‘The Abbey Theatre, The Years of Synge’ (UP; Colin Smythe 1992) [designed by Liam Miller]; with Richard Burnham, eds., The Years of O’Casey, 1921-26: A Documentary History, Vol IV (Delaware UP; Colin Smythe 1992); with Michael J. O’Neill, eds., Joseph Holloway’s Abbey Theatre (Carbondale 1967; Dolmen 1978); William J. Feeney, Drama in Hardwicke Street: A History of the Irish Theatre Company (Rutherford, Madison & Teaneck: Fairleigh Dickinson UP 1984). [Note that Proscenium imprint given variously as Newark: Delaware; NY; Dixon, California.]

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Notes
Stricture: in an article proffered as a ‘rebuttal of Hogan’s ill-informed criticism’, Dyschaever charges Hogan with wilful failure to understand poetry of Derek Mahon in his entry in the Dictionary of Irish Literature (1979). (‘History in the Poetry of Derek Mahon’, in Duytschaever & Geert Lernout, eds., History and Violence in Anglo-Irish Literature, Amsterdam: Rodopi 1988, pp.97-109; p.97).

Tribute: The editor of Ricorso here records deep admiration for the extraordinary support that Robert Hogan gave to Irish writers and scholarship, chiefly through his forum the Journal of Irish Literature (1972-94), and for the originality of his indispensable Dictionary of Irish Literature (1979; rev. edn., 2 vols. 1996) - the first compendium of bio-bibliographical information and critical appraisal of its kind in the field. In addition, he graciously supplied corrections to the first printed edition of the Oxford Companion to Irish Literature (1996), without animus or slight and generously acknowledged the magnitude of that project. [Email.]

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