By R. Todd Felton
An outstanding tide of literary invention swept via eire among the Eighteen Nineties and the 1920s. This engrossing, illuminating, and wonderfully illustrated guidebook explores the non-public histories of writers such as W. B. Yeats, girl Gregory, John Millington Synge, and Sean O’Casey and examines their relationships with the folks, tradition, and landscapes of eire. From Galway and the Aran Islands, to County Mayo and County Sligo, and from Dublin to Wicklow, this consultant to the locations that encouraged Irish Literary Revival showcases the locations where lots of Ireland’s best writers formed a permanent imaginative and prescient of the rustic.
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As he wrote to his friend, Olivia Shakespear, in April, the family was happy to be in Galway, and he had named the castle: Lady Gregory’s son, Robert, painted this dramatic version of Yeats’s home. We are settled here now and our tower A few months later, Yeats was soaring to new heights much near[er] finishing so that we have a large of ecstatic description: “It is a great pleasure to live bed-room with a fine wooden ceiling, but it will in a place where George makes at every moment a be another year, so little labour is there to be got fourteenth-century picture.
Synge. I said [to Synge]: “Give up Paris. You will never create anything by reading Racine, and Arthur Symons will always be a better critic of French literature. Go to the Aran Islands. ” I had just come from Aran, and my imagination was full of those grey islands where men must reap with knives because of the stones. He went to Aran and became a part of its life, living upon salt fish and eggs, talking Irish for the most part, but listening also to the beautiful English which has grown up in Irish-speaking districts, and takes its vocabulary from the time of Malory and of the translators of the Bible, but its idiom and its vivid metaphor from Irish.
One of those fierce storms was blowing on an afternoon in 1897 when Martyn and Yeats were visiting de Basterot. The count happened to have another house guest on that wet day—Lady Gregory. She describes that afternoon in her autobiography: And then one day, when E. Martyn and Yeats came to spend a day with the old Count, and rain came on, I had a talk with Yeats as we had tea County Galway: Home among the Swallows A rainy day at Doorus House on the coast of Galway Bay forced Yeats and Gregory inside, where the conversation turned to the need for Irish plays in Ireland.
A Journey into Ireland's Literary Revival (ArtPlace series) by R. Todd Felton