By Kate Walbert
NOMINATED FOR THE LOS ANGELES instances BOOK PRIZE
A profoundly relocating portrait of the advanced legacies of moms and daughters, A brief background of girls chronicles 5 generations of girls from the shut of the 19th century throughout the early years of the twenty-first. starting in 1914 on the deathbed of Dorothy Trevor Townsend, a suffragette who starves herself for the reason, the unconventional strains the echoes of her selection within the tales of her descendants--a amazing daughter who attempts to flee the weight of her mother's infamy; a granddaughter who chooses a traditional direction, merely to discover herself disappointed; a great-granddaughter who wryly articulates the free-floating nervousness of post-9/11 ny. In a kaleidoscope of characters and with a richness of images, emotion, and wit, A brief historical past of ladies is a thought-provoking and vividly unique narrative that crisscrosses a century--a publication for "any lady who has ever struggled to discover her personal voice; to make feel of being a mom, spouse, daughter, and lover" (Associated Press)
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The first represents the apex of his career as a writer of short fiction; the second is one of the most fascinating collections of poetry he ever assembled, a work of uncanny power that rivals the poetry of his latest, greatest phase. What makes these two books stand out? Both bring richly polished surfaces into urgent juxtaposition with sexually troubled depths, thus creating examples of what the poet would later call ‘‘terrible beauty’’ (P 180). The Wind Among the Reeds in particular inspires pity and fear, admiration and revulsion: the passing of a century has done little to diminish its capacity for making the hairs on the back of one’s neck stand on end.
While these involve physical contact, they seem to stop short of sexual consummation; apparently reflecting Yeats’s own sexual anxieties, the poem’s speaker wishes to be drowned in a ‘‘deep twilight of rest’’ where he can hide from tormenting impulses. Political inferences also contribute to the collection’s shifting currents. Its politics, however, do not lead toward real-world revolutions any more than its erotic energies move toward real sexual experiences. Typically, it advocates 32 The Cambridge Introduction to W.
Early Yeats 17 ‘‘The Rose’’ Given this implication, it comes as no surprise to learn that while Yeats was writing The Countess Cathleen he was also throwing himself into the aVairs of Irish cultural politics and embracing new aesthetic and spiritual commitments that entailed more aggressive stances. His Autobiographies exaggerate the extent to which he remained a passive dreamer until Gonne inspired him to become a man of the world. But certainly she did spur an increase in his real-world involvements, as did something else to which he later attributed mythic significance: the downfall of Charles Stewart Parnell, leader of the Irish Party.
A Short History of Women: A Novel by Kate Walbert