Denis Johnston was born in Dublin in 1901.
His plays include The Old Lady Says ‘No’ (Dublin, The Gate Theatre, 1929); The Moon in the Yellow River (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, 1931/Jonathan Cape, London, 1932); The Bride for the Unicorn (The Gate Theatre, 1933/ Jonathan Cape, London, 1935); Storm Song (The Gate Theatre, 1934); Blind Man’s Buff (The Abbey Theatre, 1936/Jonathan Cape, London, 1938); The Golden Cuckoo (The Gate Theatre, 1939/Jonathan Cape, London, 1954); The Dreaming Dust (The Gate Theatre, 1940/ Jonathan Cape, London, 1954); Strange Occurrence on Ireland’s Eye (The Abbey Theatre at The Queen’s Theatre, 1956); and The Scythe and the Sunset (Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Poets’ Theatre, 1958/ Collected Plays, Cape, London, 1960).
He published a biography, In Search of Swift, and two autobiographical volumes, Nine Rivers from Jordan (1953) and The Brazen Horn (1968 and 1976).
One of his daughters is the novelist and playwright Jennifer Johnston
A member of Aosdána, he died in 1984.
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