By R. Todd Felton
A superb tide of literary invention swept via eire among the Nineties and the 1920s. This engrossing, illuminating, and fantastically 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 advisor to the locations that encouraged Irish Literary Revival showcases the locations where lots of Ireland’s best writers formed an everlasting imaginative and prescient of the rustic.
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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. M. had thought of, and with Yeats’s Countess Cathleen, it might lead to a theater in which plays by Irish writers might be given in Ireland. It would help to get rid of the stage Irishman, and help to restore dignity to Ireland.
He also mentions Ballylee in “A Prayer on Going into My House” in The Wild Swans at Coole. Because of Ireland’s turbulent political situation and Yeats’s many literary engagements, he was not able to turn his full attention to Thoor Ballylee as poetic material until he published the collection The Tower in 1928. As he describes in a letter written from Ballylee, he needed the calm and private spaces of the country to write poetry: I have all the thought I ever had, but it is a fire of straw. Alas I have to return to Dublin in a couple A Troubled Bridge over Water A central consideration in Yeats’s negotiations for the house with the Congested Districts Board was a bridge that ran across the River Cloon and next to the tower.
Augusta eventually returned to Roxborough. Sir William came back to Galway for the fall, then left for London shortly after Christmas. He had lunch with Augusta at Roxborough before leaving, and by the time he reached London, he had made up his mind. He wrote asking Augusta to marry him. Although he was sixty-three and she twenty-eight, he offered her a life of traveling, meeting interesting people, and becoming mistress of all Coole Park had to offer. The two were married in Dublin at St. Matthias Church on March 4, 1880.