'...this book is clearly a labour of love...MacBride brilliantly describes Iseult's extraordinary early life...and the benign, forlorn and lost dignity of her final years. Norman Jeffares provides an interesting account of her relationship with Pound...while Iseult's granddaughter, Christina Bridgewater, writes a moving forward.' - Dermot Bolger, Sunday Independent'The copious footnotes help paint a picture if the young girl who fascinated all who came close to her, while the letters follow Yeats' passion for a girl 30 yeas his junior.' - Belfast Telegraph'These letters are despatches from a life that should have been a novel...The bare facts suggest a dramatic life, intersecting with brilliant people; the great value of these letters is to extent the picture, bringing light and depth to the portrait of someone who fascinated most people she met, but was in the end unable to make her existence cohere.' - Roy Foster, Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
A. NORMAN JEFFARES has taught in the Universities of Dublin, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Leeds and Stirling. Life President at IASIL, the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, he has written two histories of Irish literature and many studies of Irish writers, including W.B. Yeats: Man and Poet
, W.B. Yeats: A New Biography
, Yeats's Poems
on Yeats's poems and plays. Two volumes of his own poems have been published, and his recent work includes an edition of Oliver St. John Gogarty's Poems and Plays
. He is currently writing a book of his own, Anecdotes, and co-editing two volumes of Irish writing in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries.
ANNA MACBRIDE WHITE is one of Maud Gonne's four grandchildren. She co-edited The Gonne-Yeats Letters, 1893-1938: Always Your Friend
(1992) and A Servant of the Queen
(1994). She has recently completed the first volume of a Life
of Maud Gonne Macbride.
CHRISTINA BRIDGWATER is the grandaughter of Iseult Gonne. She has a degree in French and Art History.