Published in 1965 by Faber and Faber. Published shortly after the first performance, this is a first edition of the play. An Irish play about Irish youth this is a fascinating slice of social history from the 1960s.
Philadelphia, Here I Come! is a 1964 play by Irish dramatist Brian Friel. Set in the fictional town of Ballybeg, County Donegal, the play launched Friel onto the international stage.
It centres around Gareth (Gar) O'Donnell's move to America, specifically Philadelphia. The play takes place on the night before and morning of Gar's departure to America. Gar is portrayed by two characters, Gar Public and Gar Private. Gareth lives with his father, S. B. O'Donnell with whom he has never connected. Gar works for his father in his shop and their relationship is no different from that of Boss and Employee.
Essentially, this play is a tragicomedy. It contains many comical scenes, Despite the fact that Gar seems to have a relationship with his father no different from that of Boss and Employee, there are indications that there is love between them. Gar's reasons for going to America along with his secret love for his uncommunicative father, and their desperate final, pathetic attempts to communicate make this play quite tragic.
All of the action in this play takes place within a period of a few hours on the evening of Gar's departure, but it also includes flashbacks to Gar's relationship with a local girl and a visit from his Aunt.
There is a bookshop stamp on the inside from 'Patrick Murray, in Dublin'. Complete with original unclipped dust jacket which has some rubbing wear. The green boards and internal pages in a good clean condition, and the binding is tight.