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Family Secrets: William Butler Yeats and His Relatives William Michael Murphy

Family Secrets: William Butler Yeats and His Relatives

William Michael Murphy

Published January 1st 1995
ISBN : 9780815603016
Hardcover
534 pages
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One of the worlds leading Yeats scholars completes his definitive history, begun with the highly acclaimed Prodigal Father, in Family Secrets, a biography of William Butler Yeats, his younger brother Jack, and sisters Susan Mary (Lily) and ElizabethMoreOne of the worlds leading Yeats scholars completes his definitive history, begun with the highly acclaimed Prodigal Father, in Family Secrets, a biography of William Butler Yeats, his younger brother Jack, and sisters Susan Mary (Lily) and Elizabeth Corbet (Lollie). This long-awaited sequel follows in the earlier books tradition of the right book written by exactly the right man (Hugh Kenner). Never before has the public been privy to the story of these lives woven in such intimate detail. Murphy takes us into some of the familys darkest secrets: the strains of emotional instability among the Pollexfen aunts and uncles- interest in mysticism and the occult (about which Yeats wrote considerably)- the fathers long platonic relationship with Miss Rosa Butt- the tensions between Lily and Lollie (the weird sisters), and Lollies difficult, even paranoid personality. Drawing on correspondence and an extensive number of unpublished letters and materials not hitherto available and more than one hundred photographs and illustrations (many never before published), Family Secrets explores a gallery of characters not often found within the confines of a single family. Their story, which reads like a novel, will not only capture the fancy of general readers but will make a significant contribution to the letters of twentieth-century literature.