A Journey into Ireland's Literary Revival (ArtPlace series) by R. Todd Felton

By R. Todd Felton

A superb tide of literary invention swept via eire among the Nineties and the 1920s. This engrossing, illuminating, and wonderfully illustrated guidebook explores the private histories of writers such as W. B. Yeats, woman 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 areas that encouraged Irish Literary Revival showcases the locations where a lot of Ireland’s most interesting writers formed a permanent imaginative and prescient of the rustic.

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Believing that the lunar power had visited him, he told Symons, who said he had also dreamed of a centaur Edward Martyn hosted Yeats and his friend the critic Arthur Symons at his Gothic castle in 1896. 33 A Journey into Ireland’s Literary Revival and a woman, although, tellingly, the woman in his dream was fully clothed. The other guest in the house, the Count de Basterot (at whose home, Doorus House, Gregory and Yeats would later dream of founding an Irish theater), did not have such a peaceful sleep.

Sections of the old town are closed off to cars and are bustling shopping areas. The River Corrib meets the ocean at a pleasant harbor where one can see oldfashioned Galway hookers (wooden sailboats, that is) next to powerboats and fishing trawlers. 42 According to tradition, if the Claddagh ring is worn with the crown facing in, the wearer is single. One of the many gems Galway offers is the 8 Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street. The house is the former Galway residence of the Persse family, and when Lady Gregory came to town, she stayed with her sister, who lived here.

Some of this was instilled by her Irish nurse, Mary Sheridan, who told her many of the stories she would later collect and publish. Her rebellion also showed in acts like using money she was given for learning Sunday school lessons to buy books celebrating the Fenian uprisings of 1867. At a cricket party at Roxborough in 1877, Augusta met a neighbor, Sir William Gregory, who had served as the governor of Ceylon for five years. Because one of her brothers was considering a journey there, she and Sir William spent the afternoon talking about his experiences.

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