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book Ð Bad and Dangerous to Know Å Colm Tóibín Award winning author Colm Tóibín turns his incisive gaze to three of the world's greatest writers Oscar Wilde WB Yeats and James Joyce and their earliest influences their fathers A fatheris a necessary evil Stephen Dedalus in UlyssesIn Mad Bad Dangerous to Know Colm Tóibín illuminates not only the complex relationships between three of the greatest wr If you're interested at all in Irish lit this is SUCH a brilliant hidden gem  In this sort of offbeat biography Tóibín digs into the lives of the fathers of Oscar Wilde WB Yeats and James Joyce with an emphasis on their relationships with their respective sons  The book is divided pretty evenly into three sections and each has its strengths and weaknesses I was most compelled by Joyce's somewhat to my surprise but for a book that changes trajectory three times it's reassuringly steady in its aims humanizing these men contextualizing the way they manifested into their sons' writing and creating a textured portrait of the history of literary Dublin  Also I can HIGHLY recommend the audio  Tóibín has a fantastic voice and his rendition of Joyce's Ecce Puer was chilling

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Mad Bad and Dangerous to Know kindle ✓ Bad and Dangerous to Know ô Award winning author Colm Tóibín turns his incisive gaze to three of the world's greatest writers Oscar Wilde WB Yeats and James Joyce and their earliest influences their fathers A fatheris a necessary evil Stephen Dedalus in UlyssesIn Mad Bad Iters in the English language and their fathers but also illustrates the surprising ways they surface in their work 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 The award winning writer Colm Tóibín explores the complex relationships between three of Ireland's literary giants and their fathers From Oscar Wilde's polymath father who was a doctor specialising in diseases of the eye and ear; an amateur architect as well as a statistician who was knighted for his work; to WB Yeats' father a brilliant correspondent and impoverish artist who struggled to complete a painting; to John Stanislaus Joyce a drinker and story teller who was unwilling to provide for his family15 In today's episode Tóibín takes a literary walk around Dublin stopping off at a variety of landmarks immortalised in the works of some of Ireland's most famous writers At the same time he reflects on his own writing life25 Tóibín is in Oscar Wilde's cell at Reading gaol where he is reflecting on the life and influence of William Wilde the great writer's father35 William Wilde is engulfed in a court case which strangely foreshadows the famous trial which had such devastating conseuences for his son Oscar some thirty years later45 Tóibín's gaze turns to John B Yeats father of the literary giant WB Yeats It turns out that the brilliant conversationalist and impoverished artist was a source of exasperation but also of inspiration to his son and here Tóibín tells us why55 Tóibín turns to the romantic and occasionally erotic correspondence between John B Yeats and Rosa Butt when the pair were in their sixties He then reflects on the influence that the father's boyish romance had on the writings of his son the literary giant W B Yeats1877 caricature of ueensberry in Vanity FairRosa Butt | John Butler Yeats | oil painting

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Mad Bad and Dangerous to KnowWriter who could never finish a painting; to John Stanislaus Joyce a singer drinker and storyteller a man unwilling to provide for his large family whom his son James memorialised in his writing Mad Bad Dangerous to Know brilliantly combines biography and literary appreciation and is a revealing personal new look at the lives of three major literary icons Once again I’ve made a mistake in understanding my own interests I’m not sure what fooled me into thinking I would appreciate this book It seems to be written for someone who is than just passingly familiar with the works of Wilde Yeats and Joyce I’ve enjoyed the handful of Wilde that I’ve read but although I enjoyed “The Dead” and “A Portrait of an Artist as A Young Man” I’ve never read Ulysses or Finnegan’s Wake And frankly I have no interest in the poetry of Yeats Why would I even pick this up? Perhaps I thought that I would learn something interesting about Wilde Yeats and Joyce But no it’s really about their fathers and the strained or even antagonistic relationships between the fathers and their famous sons It seems that Toibin believes that the dysfunctional relationships between the fathers and sons somehow stimulated the sons to become great artists I’m not sure that I completely accept the premise but if great artists are cast only through the fiery crucible of traumatic childhoods then I guess I can only hope that through love and grace I may deprive my sons of the opportunity to become great artists I would prefer that they become good men rather than famous men And further I am grateful that I was blessed with a godly father who was and still is a great example to admire and emulate