CHAPTER III
LONDON (1887-91)

Early Commissions--The Wanderings of Oisin--William Morris--Meeting with Maud Gonne--Madame Blavatsky; Magic--Writing for the Theatre and on Blake-- "Innisfree"; The Rhymers' Club

Who will go drive with Fergus now,
And pierce the deep wood's woven shade,
And dance upon the level shore?
Young man, lift up your russet brow,
And lift your tender eyelids, maid,
And brood on hopes and fear no more.


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During the six years at Howth and in Rathgar, J. B. Y. had painted several fine portraits and made many good friends. Yet in 1887 he decided to pack up once more and see what luck held for him and his children (now all grown up except Jack) in London. With their faithful servant Rose and a black cat named Daniel O'Connell, the family sweltered during the torrid June of Jubilee at 58 Eardley Crescent, Earl's Court. Little Jack alone was happy, for he possessed a free ticket for the American Exhibition nearby,1 which he visited every day and all day. J. B. Y. sought to get black-and-white work taken by the magazines while Willie endeavoured to make acquaintance with editors and pub-

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The promoters provided residents of the Crescent situated within hearing of the Exhibition with free tickets as a compensation for the pandemonium.

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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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