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“But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you.” – Happy Birthday, Maud Gonne

Maud Gonne, Irish revolutionary, feminist, radical, and lifelong poetic muse of William Butler Yeats, was born on December 20 in 1865. She married John MacBride (after a couple of notorious affairs and illegitimate children). John MacBride was an Irish nationalist … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the “Pilgrim Soul”, Maud Gonne

Maud Gonne, Irish revolutionary, feminist, radical, and lifelong poetic muse of William Butler Yeats, was born on this day in history in 1865. She married John MacBride (after a couple of notorious affairs and illegitimate children). John MacBride was an … Continue reading

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The Books: The Gonne-Yeats Letters 1893-1938

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Next book on the Memoir/Letters/Journals shelf is The Gonne-Yeats Letters 1893-1938. I’ve written much about these two, two of the leading lights of the Irish Renaissance of the early 20th century, although they had different concerns … Continue reading

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Magical Thinking

I love this Smart Set column by Jessa Crispin on magical thinking. Ostensibly two book reviews, the piece starts and ends with a discussion of the “mystical marriage” of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne (“It is to be a bond … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Maud Gonne: “It Is To Be A Bond Of The Spirit Only.”

Maud Gonne, Irish revolutionary, feminist, radical, and lifelong poetic muse of William Butler Yeats, was born on this day in history in 1865. She married John MacBride (after a couple of notorious affairs and illegitimate children). John MacBride was an … Continue reading

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Maud Gonne: “Strike Me If I Shriek.”

A letter from Maud Gonne to WB Yeats, in December 1908. Yeats had come to visit Gonne where she was living in Paris. After years and years of friendship (not to mention what they called their “spiritual marriage”), it is … Continue reading

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Entire Worlds In a Footnote

I love books where entire worlds open up in the footnotes. I have often followed the trail of footnotes and found books that have become ultimate favorites of all time, because of the mention in a footnote. The footnotes to … Continue reading

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Gonne and Yeats: a fragment

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On the island

– There is only one four-way intersection on the island. No stoplights. The intersection is referred to one and all as “The Four Corners.” “Excuse me, can you tell me where the bank is?” “The Four Corners.” “Got it.” — … Continue reading

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Happy (Belated) Birthday, William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats was born yesterday, in 1865. Yeats is a great poet and all that, but I grew up pretty much “over” him because he was kind of omnipresent in our household. We were made to memorize his epitaph … Continue reading

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