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Literary Criticism Drama

The First Falls on Monday

by (author) Arthur Murphy

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Dec 1972
Drama, 19th Century, Playwriting, Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
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A historical drama about the days immediately before Confederation when Sir John A. Macdonald was trying to form the first Canadian Cabinet.

About the author

Arthur L. Murphy was also the author of A Virus Called Clarence: A Play in Three Acts and Three Bluenose Plays.

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Editorial Reviews

"There is no (historical) record of the backstage (political) plotting ... But the one Dr. Murphy suggests seems worthy to impose itself on our history as firmly as Shakespeare's view of Richard II."

The Toronto Globe and Mail

"By the time the story is over, the crisis dispelled, the stereotype of Typper as humorless, unbending, a thinker in clichés, has evaporated. The real, raw man is known to us. His temptation and agony, his loyalties and patriotism have acquired reality ... I expect to see The First Falls on Monday again, but (of Jack Creley as Charles Tupper) I doubt that the Tupper role will ever receive a basically better interpretation."

The Toronto Star