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Book Discussion: James Plunkett’s “Strumpet City”

April 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Book Discussion
Join Steve Griffith for a three-night discussion of James Plunkett’s 1969 masterpiece, Strumpet City. Although a work of fiction, the story is based on the real-life Dublin worker’s lockout of 1913. Plunkett’s sweeping story, often called the Great Irish Novel, takes the reader into the dark heart of Dublin society in the early years of the 20th century.  In its over 500 pages, the reader meets Dubliners of all social classes. Likeable, but destitute Rashers Tierney is on the very bottom of the heap. The Bradshaws, members of the well to do merchant class, are on the top. In between are honest and hardworking Mary and Fitz. and the thousands of Dublin’s other urban poor who struggled to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. After you read Strumpet City you will never look at the pretty redbrick, white-trimmed Georgian houses of Dublin in quite the same way!
The seven-part RTE television series produced in 1980 is still talked about in Ireland.


Your registration covers all meetings. Registration ends on Feb 27 to allow for time to read the book before the first discussion. 

Discussion Facilitator

Steven Griffith taught in the theatre and dance department at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota for 27 years. For many of those years, Steve was chair of the department. While at Gustavus, he taught courses in Irish theatre and history, theatre design, stagecraft, and arts management. Steve has designed for over 150 theatre productions. He lived in Dublin in the early 1990s while researching the Abbey Theatre. Steve has led 10 college study abroad tours to Ireland and visited the island many more times. He has a BA and MFA in theatre, and a Ph.D. in higher education policy. From 2006 to 2016 Steve served as Senior Vice President and Academic Dean at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.


April 2
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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