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Lady Gregory's Toothbrush Paperback – September 5, 2003
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Toibin's history of Lady Gregory's and Yeats' relationship is a focal point. As benefactor, she bankrolled him. She let him take credit for her writing. They prevailed together in defending their theater productions against censorship.
The dilemmas we perceive may not have weighed as greatly on her. Toibin concludes: “But her eye remained on her goal: to establish Ireland's ancient past as part of its present culture and to produce contemporary Irish masterpieces in an Irish theatre. She put all her steely energy into this and she succeeded, turning a blind eye to the parts of her own heritage that did not suit her purpose. She lived in two worlds: one of them became the Irish Free State and she was proud of that. The other one disappeared.”
This is the first nonfiction book I've read about Ireland. I do not find it requires any previous familiarity with the subject. I found the google and wikipedia functions in the ebook sufficient annotation. The two Yeats poems written about Lady Gregory and Coole were available in free ebook.
It's not recommended for those who may be unfamiliar with "The Countess Cathleen," for example, or the plays put on by Yeats, her, and their colleagues/rivals for the Abbey Theatre. While a well-chosen list of primary sources and scholarship is appended, no footnotes are given, and Toibin seems to expect his readers to be already familiar with the Irish political, cultural and literary currents of the early 20c. Little description of her writings and no literary analysis to speak of can be found here. Rather, Toibin seeks to uncover what the title of the book indicates: the gap that Lady G.Read more ›
It was a long, hard reading but interesting as I plowed through it. So much going on and so many personalities. I plan on reading it again in order to sort things out. Some of my ancestors arrived from Ireland in the New World in the 1600's fleeing for their lives after their lands were confiscated and this history helps me understand some of that history.
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Fascinating account of late 19th/early 20th century Ireland. Well written and seen through the eyes of people.Published 1 month ago by robert de vroom
Maybe one has to be irish and be more aware of Irish recent history to understand and enjoy better the book written by this aurhor I admire so much.Published 2 months ago by Ana Isabel Segovia
This is fiction, somehow I missed that fact when I was reading the preview and then ordering. So if you want a good true story, look elsewhere...Published 11 months ago by Careful Consumer
As ever with Colm Toibin, a great read highly informative about a remarkable period in Irish life and a beautiful portrait of one of the most important literary figures of early... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joe Dowling
Short, yet full of interesting detail. Well researched. Very readable. Moderate repetition unavoidable. A real insight into the times they were.Published on February 7, 2014 by JL Kelly
Very interesting for a Yeats fan-or someone into Irish history C19-20.
Very well written,as Toibin readers would expect of him.