Join us as award-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín discusses the fascinating fathers of three Irish writers and reads from his own work.
All events at the Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 North Decatur Road, Emory University Campus. Free parking available in the Fishburne Permit Parking deck at 1672 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, 30322. Enter from North Decatur Road.
Books will be for sale at all events, but signings will only take place at the 8:00 p.m. reading and signing on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
5:00 p.m., “Sir William Wilde: An Eminent Victorian in Ireland.”
Sir William Wilde, Dublin's most eminent eye and ear doctor, was also a tireless antiquarian and archaeologist. His house in Merrion Square in Dublin was the center of the city's intellectual life. He was also the subject of gossip and the cause of a court case and a scandal that strangely prefigures the case which caused the downfall of his son Oscar.
Monday, November 13, 2017
8:00 p.m., “John Butler Yeats in Exile: Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad?”
John Butler Yeats, an impecunious painter, was considered by many to be one of the best conversationalists of his time. Unlike his son the poet, however, he had great difficulty completing or even starting work, leaving much undone or unfinished. Since he spent the last fifteen years of his life away from his family in New York, living in a boarding house, he wrote many letters home. His correspondence, filled with originality, wisdom, good humor, optimism and grace, shows him to be one of the great free spirits of the age.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
4:00 p.m., “John Stanislaus Joyce & Dublin: Old father, old artificer”
The figure of John Stanislaus Joyce makes its way through a great deal of his son's work. Like the father of Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats, James Joyce's father was a great talker and a man of style and wit. Like W.B. Yeats's father, he was more skilled at squandering money than providing for his family. This very sense of being both rooted and unsettled nourished James Joyce's genius, and gave us the father in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and the figure of Simon Dedalus in Ulysses.