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Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce

Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce
  

From Colm Toibin, the formidable award-winning author of The Master and Brooklyn, comes an illuminating, intimate study of Irish culture, history, and literature told through the lives and work of three men-William Wilde, John Butler Yeats, and John Stanislaus Joyce-and the compl... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781508267560
Barcode 9781508267560
Published 23 October 2018 by Simon & Schuster Audio
Format Audio CD/Audio
Author(s) Read by Toibin, Colm
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ISBN-13 9781508267560
ISBN-10 1508267561
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Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Simon & Schuster Audio
Imprint Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date 23 October 2018
Publication Country
Format Audio CD/Audio
Author(s) Read by Toibin, Colm
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Collections & Anthologies Of Various Literary Forms
Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Biography & Autobiography
Black studies
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NBS Text Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous
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From Colm Toibin, the formidable award-winning author of The Master and Brooklyn, comes an illuminating, intimate study of Irish culture, history, and literature told through the lives and work of three men-William Wilde, John Butler Yeats, and John Stanislaus Joyce-and the complicated, influential relationships they had with their complicated sons. Colm Toibin begins his incisive, revelatory Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know with a walk through the Dublin streets where he went to university-a wide-eyed boy from the country-and where three Irish literary giants also came of age. Oscar Wilde, writing about his relationship with his father, William Wilde, stated: Whenever there is hatred between two people there is bond or brotherhood of some kind ... you loathed each other not because you were so different but because you were so alike. W. B. Yeats wrote of his father, John Butler Yeats, a painter: It is this infirmity of will which has prevented him from finishing his pictures. The qualities I think necessary to success in art or life seemed to him egotism. John Stanislaus Joyce, James' father, was perhaps the most quintessentially Irish, widely loved, garrulous, a singer, and drinker with a volatile temper, who drove his son from Ireland. Elegant, profound, and riveting, Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know illuminates not only the complex relationships between three of the greatest writers in the English language and their fathers, but also illustrates the surprising ways these men surface in their work. Through these stories of fathers and sons, Toibin recounts the resistance to English cultural domination, the birth of modern Irish cultural identity, and the extraordinary contributions of these complex and masterful authors.

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Author's Bio

Colm Toibin is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, and poet. His novel The Master won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His other books of fiction have earned similar awards and have been translated into numerous languages. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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