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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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“Horseman Pass By”: Happy Birthday, William Butler Yeats

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

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Happy Birthday, William Butler Yeats

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

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Happy Birthday, Seán O’Casey

Irish playwright Seán O’Casey was born on this day, in 1880. He was the first major Irish playwright to deal with slum life and the reality of the Dublin poor. There is a wonderful anecdote about O’Casey from his colleague … 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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Happy Birthday, William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats was born today in 1865. Yeats is a great poet and all that, but I grew up pretty much “over” him because he was omnipresent in our household. We were made to memorize his epitaph in order … 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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Interview with Rebecca West

In 1981, Rebecca West was interviewed by The Paris Review, and it’s included in the first volume of the Paris Review interviews. She was an old woman by this point, 90 years old, living in London. Cataracts had ruined her … Continue reading

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