Edward Stephens (1888-55)
b. Dublin, nephew of J. M. Synge, he grew up beside the Synge
family house at Crosswaithe Park; became a lawyer and served as Sec. to Irish Constitution Committee;
appt. Assistant Registrar of Supreme Court, and Registrar of Court of Criminal Appeal;
prepared typescript biography of J. M. Synge from papers received at the death
of Synges brother Edward in 1939; commenced to condense this work,
running to 3,297pp., on his retirement in 1950; the task was resumed by David
Greene after his death and published as J.
M. Synge 1871-1909 (1959), becoming the standard work;
further extracts from the typescript werw ed. by Andrew Carpenter as My Uncle
John, Edward Stephenss Life of J. M. Synge (1974).
David Greene & and Edward Stephens, J. M. Synge (NY:
Macmillan 1959), xiv+321pp.; Andrew Carpenter as My Uncle John, Edward Stephenss Life of J. M. Synge (OUP 1974), xviii+222pp.
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: The Collier paperback of J. M. Synge
(1961) is marred by numerous typographical errors.