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Metcalfe, John. Yorkshire Dialect Plays

Metcalfe, John. Yorkshire Dialect Plays

Metcalfe, John. Yorkshire Dialect Plays [The Bunderley Boggard etc.].

London: Heath Cranton, [1919].

First edition. 8vo. 160pp. Publisher’s blue paper covered boards, a shade rubbed here and there, but a very good clean copy. Internally clean. From the library of Richard Dalby, with a small sheaf of his ephemera laid in. Not the John Metcalfe of “The Feasting Dead” fame, although I’m pretty sure that’s why Richard bought it, but the work of a wool merchant from Baildon, a rather scintillating linguist and someone whose work was admired by the noted academic F.W. Moorman, who wrote the introduction. This slim volume contains a number of plays, written in the Yorkshire dialect of the West Riding with the intent of preserving a dialect and a way of life which, even at the opening of the 20th century, people felt was in danger of dying out. Moorman’s foreword states “ and women thought and spoke and acted with less constraint and less regard for public opinion than is now the case.” I mean, he says it like it’s a good thing, so there’s that, but it does rather serve to point out that nothing ever really changes. It’s a rather fascinating little volume, plus it mentions Boggards, and I’m a sucker for a Boggard.

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