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Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know

Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know
Our Price: €15.99
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ISBN/EAN9780241354414
Availability10 – 99 copies in stock
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Pub. Date: October 25 2018
Author: Toibin, Colm
Format: Hardback
Pages:192


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'There is something interesting and intriguing to be found on almost every page' Guardian 'A father . . . is a necessary evil.' Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses____________________________________In Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know Colm Toibin turns his incisive gaze to three of Ireland's greatest writers, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, and their earliest influences: their fathers. From Wilde's doctor father, a brilliant statistician and amateur archaeologist, who was taken to court by an obsessed lover in a strange premonition of what would happen to his son; to Yeats' father, an impoverished artist and brilliant letter-writer who could never finish apainting; to John Stanislus Joyce, a singer, drinker and story-teller, a man unwilling to provide for his large family, whom his son James memorialised in his work. Colm Toibin 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 they surface in their work___________________________________'Toibin has a hawk-like eye for literary subtleties, and a generosity towards his subjects that is warm and unacademic.' The Sunday Times'Full of insight and intrigue' Observer'Searching, funny, generous' Irish Times'Subtle, witty and often deeply moving' New Statesman
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