CHAPTER IV
DEATH OF PARNEL AFTER AN AFTER

Maud Gonne in London and Dublin--Parnell's Funeral
--Publication of Countess Cathleen--Books for Young
Ireland--The Gaelic League

The Bishops and the Party
That tragic story made,
A husband that had sold his wife
And after that betrayed;
But stories that live longest
Are sung above the glass,
And Parnell loved his country,
And Parnell loved his lass.

IN A book of selections from Irish novelists, Maria Edgeworth, Lover, Lever, Gerald Griffin and others, published in 1890 in London and in New York, Yeats closed his introduction with the prophecy of an intellectual movement in Ireland at the first lull in politics. Though Captain O'Shea had already filed the petition for divorce which named the Irish leader as co-respondent, Parnell was still at the height of his power; no one yet imagined that the affair would cause the split in the Irish parliamentary party which eventually turned the better part of Ireland from politics--at least of the material and party kind--and so contributed to a rebirth of more spiritual conceptions of nationality, going back, on the one hand, to Gaelic tradition, and, on the

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  • Title Page iii
  • Prefatory Note v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Chapter I - Family and Early Associations 1
  • Chapter II - Schooldays 24
  • Chapter III - London (1887-91) 59
  • Chapter IV - Death of Parnel After An After 85
  • Chapter V - Mysticism in Prose and Verse 109
  • Chapter VII - Theatre and Politics: Maud Gonne 152
  • Chapter VIII - Out of Twilight 186
  • Chapter IX - The Abbey Theatre 215
  • Chapter X - Plays and Controversies 229
  • Chapter XI - Variety (1910-12) 259
  • Chapter XII - Responsibilities 280
  • Chapter XIII - Nineteen-Sixteen 295
  • Chapter XIV - Marriage 327
  • Chapter XV - Oxford 346
  • Chapter XVI - Meditations in Time of Civil War 366
  • Chapter XVII - A Sixty-Year-Old Smiling Public Man 391
  • Chapter XVIII - Wheels and Butterflies 427
  • Chapter XIX - Riversdale 462
  • Chapter XX - Old Age 475
  • Notes 515
  • Bibliography 519
  • Index 521
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