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Life and the Dream by Mary Colum, autobiography. Antique book, featuring recollections of great, literary figures from the age of Modernism.

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Life and the Dream by Mary Colum, autobiography. Antique book, featuring recollections of great, literary figures from the age of Modernism.

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  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: cloth, Thread, Bindings, dust jacket, Ink, paper
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Life and the Dream
Mary Colum
Macmillan, London, 1947
Brown cloth covered boards with dust jacket.
This is the wonderful autobiography of Mary Colum, writer, critic, journalist and defender of Joyce.
For anybody interested in the literature, history and politics of the early twentieth century, this is a must read.
Mary, born Maguire in 1884, was founder of the Twilight Literary Society, and met many of the leading literary figures of the day, including W. B. Yeats. She was a regular at the Abbey Theatre, convincing director, W. B. Yeats, to give her group a reduced rate of entry, and she was there to witness some of the amazing plays, reactions and history unfolding.
She co-founded The Irish Review which ran for four years and co-edited the magazine with her husband Padraic Colum. She moved to New York, living occasionally in London and Paris and wrote for many American journals including The New Republic, The New York Times Review of Books and The Tribune.
She was a friend of James Joyce and remained one of his staunch defenders.
This, her autobiography, is packed full of literary figures and historical anecdotes. There are rare glimpses of the statuesque yet frail beauty of Maud Gonne, Yeats intoning poetry whilst walking on the streets of Dublin, Yeats talking about his favourite writers oblivious to the smell of kerosene in a greasy spoon Cafe in London. Then there are visits with literary aristocrats like Lord Dunsany and Ottoline Morrell, and a visit to the unnamed horse breeder who gets alerted by a friend in the Dail (the new formed Irish parliament, this is around the time of Irish independence) that the IRA planned to burn down his house. He, his family, guests and horses must bid a hasty retreat.
Bohemian society in London is also discussed.
This is a fascinating book, it brings the literary salons of the early twentieth century to life, and is genuinely amusing. I thoroughly enjoyed it and heartily recommend it. Read it - you won't regret it!
Life and the Dream
Mary Colum
Macmillan, London, 1947
Brown cloth covered boards with dust jacket.
This is the wonderful autobiography of Mary Colum, writer, critic, journalist and defender of Joyce.
For anybody interested in the literature, history and politics of the early twentieth century, this is a must read.
Mary, born Maguire in 1884, was founder of the Twilight Literary Society, and met many of the leading literary figures of the day, including W. B. Yeats. She was a regular at the Abbey Theatre, convincing director, W. B. Yeats, to give her group a reduced rate of entry, and she was there to witness some of the amazing plays, reactions and history unfolding.
She co-founded The Irish Review which ran for four years and co-edited the magazine with her husband Padraic Colum. She moved to New York, living occasionally in London and Paris and wrote for many American journals including The New Republic, The New York Times Review of Books and The Tribune.
She was a friend of James Joyce and remained one of his staunch defenders.
This, her autobiography, is packed full of literary figures and historical anecdotes. There are rare glimpses of the statuesque yet frail beauty of Maud Gonne, Yeats intoning poetry whilst walking on the streets of Dublin, Yeats talking about his favourite writers oblivious to the smell of kerosene in a greasy spoon Cafe in London. Then there are visits with literary aristocrats like Lord Dunsany and Ottoline Morrell, and a visit to the unnamed horse breeder who gets alerted by a friend in the Dail (the new formed Irish parliament, this is around the time of Irish independence) that the IRA planned to burn down his house. He, his family, guests and horses must bid a hasty retreat.
Bohemian society in London is also discussed.
This is a fascinating book, it brings the literary salons of the early twentieth century to life, and is genuinely amusing. I thoroughly enjoyed it and heartily recommend it. Read it - you won't regret it!

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