ONLINE CLASS: Mrs. Yeats and Mrs. Joyce (2197)

Five Fridays: October 8, 15, 22, 29, and November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. ET

$135 (10% off for members)

Mrs Yeats and Mrs Joyce: More Miracle Than Bird by Alice Miller and Nora by Nuala O'Connor are two novels from the points of view of the wives of W. B. Yeats and James Joyce. Georgie Hyde-Lees and Nora Barnacle were two fascinating women in their own right and were essential to the lives and masterpieces of their famous husbands.  Yeats met young Hyde-Lees through occult rituals during the Great War. They were married with Ezra Pound as best man amid zeppelin bombings of London. Joyce first went out walking with Nora Barnacle on Bloomsday 1904, and she left her chambermaid job and Galway home to live with the difficult genius in Trieste, Zurich, and Paris. Poets Alice Miller and Nuala O'Connor recreate the inner lives of these two adventurous women in two imaginative novels. How much of these novels is factual or fictional? This class will supplement these stories with facts from biographies of Georgie and Nora and relevant quotes from their husbands’ writings. Five Fridays: October 8, 15, 22, 29, and November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. ET

Books Required:

More Miracle Than Bird by Alice Miller (9781951142513), will be covered in the first two and a half sessions.

Nora:  A Love Story of Nora and James Joyce by Nuala O'Connor (9780062991720), will be discussed in the second two and a half classes.

Christopher Griffin is from Yeats country in south Galway. Christopher studied literature at Trinity College and University College in Dublin.  He has lectured at the Yeats Summer School in Sligo and in Yeats’ Ballylee and Coole Park. He taught courses in Irish literature at George Washington University for eight years and at Politics and Prose for almost 30 years.  He was a lecturer on 18 Smithsonian Journeys and at Smithsonian Associates.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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More Miracle Than Bird Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951142513
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Published: Tin House Books - May 11th, 2021

Nora: A Love Story of Nora and James Joyce Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062991720
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 5th, 2021