Happy New Year from all of us at Brookline Booksmith!  We are open and ready for browsing!

Learn more

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

From Colm Tóibín, the formidable award-winning author of The Master and Brooklyn, 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 Tóibín 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’s 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, Tóibín recounts the resistance to English cultural domination, the birth of modern Irish cultural identity, and the extraordinary contributions of these complex and masterful authors.

Colm Tóibín is the author of ten novels, including The Blackwater LightshipThe Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections, and Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, a look at three nineteenth-century Irish authors. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. Three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York. The Magician is his most recent work.

ISBN: 9781476785172

ISBN-10: 9781476785172

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 10/30/2018 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/30/2018 - 12:00am

Pages: 272

Language: English

Categories

Literary Collections / Essays

Literary Collections / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

More by Colm Toibin

  • Pre-Order Now Badge
    Voices in the Evening Cover Image
  • The Hour of the Star: 100th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
  • Margery Kempe Cover Image
  • Boston's Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent Cover Image
  • Sean Scully: Walls of Aran Cover Image
  • Looking Writing Reading Looking: Writers on Art from the Louisiana Collection Cover Image
  • Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce Cover Image
  • Madres e hijos / Mothers and Sons. Collection of Short Stories Cover Image
  • The Dead Girls (Picador Classic) Cover Image