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Talbot’s Box


Thomas Kilroy

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Matt Talbot, the “workers’ saint” (1856-1925), provokes Thomas Kilroy’s ingenious examination of the idea of sanctity in the modern world in Talbot’s Box.

The very incorporation of penance and spiritual search, his conversion from alcoholism to prayer, fasting and self-mortification is sketched in the textured resonances of the idiom of the Dublin streets and in the soaring lyrical versions of his final visions. Talbot’s Box achieves, as the author notes in his preface, ‘a play about aloneness, its cost to the person, and the kind of courage required to sustain it’.

‘The myth of Matt Talbot, the saintly Dublin former alcoholic, is wonderfully explored by Thomas Kilroy in Talbot’s Box.’

— Nuala O’Faolain, The Irish Times

Year Published:1997
Details: 64pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 198 4

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