Wisdom of Two: The Spiritual and Literary Collaboration of George and W. B. Yeats by Margaret Mills Harper

Wisdom of Two: The Spiritual and Literary Collaboration of George and W. B. Yeats

byMargaret Mills Harper

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Georgie Hyde Lees, who married W. B. Yeats in the autumn of 1917, has for many years occupied a secondary or even marginal position in most studies of her famous husband. She has been depicted as a poor choice for romantic partner, political comrade, or literary collaborator. While oftenthanked in acknowledgments pages and regarded as a minor editor or secretary, she usually receives only footnote status in literary analyses. Most often, she has been cast as an amateur spirit medium or, less generously, as a manipulative perpetrator of an elaborate mystical and sexual hoax out ofwhich arose Yeats's philosophical treatise A Vision and a raft of poetry, plays, and other literary works. Yet George Yeats co-wrote the automatic script and co-created the 'system' of cosmic geometry, based on a dialectics of desire. Coming to terms with the 'system' is vital to understanding thelate work of the poet, yet a thorough critical study of the Yeatses' 'incredible experience' has never been written. Harper, one of few scholars who is intimately familiar with the large mass of documents, provides the first such study. She analyses the thousands of pages of published andunpublished papers, the particularities of their unusual composition, the finished literary works that depend upon them, and historical contexts such as the spiritualist movement, automatism (including its relation to communications technology), sexual politics, and war. Wisdom of Two airs criticaland theoretical issues that are vital to understanding the Yeatses' spiritual, literary, and dramatic collaboration.

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Margaret Mills Harper is Professor of English and Women's Studies at Georgia State University, Atlanta. She has written on Yeats, Joyce, Irish poetry, and the literature of the American South, as well as editing the Yeatses' "Vision" papers and iA Vision/i.
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Title:Wisdom of Two: The Spiritual and Literary Collaboration of George and W. B. YeatsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.05 inPublished:June 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: 'She finds the words'1. 'A philosophy . . . created from search': Preliminary IssuesFirst Interlude. Double Visions: Two Manuscripts and Two Books2. Nemo the InterpreterSecond Interlude. Automatic Performance: Technology and Occultism3. 'to give you new images': Published Results4. Demon the Medium5. All The Others: Dramatis PersonaeConclusion. 'this other Aquinas'