Advertisement

‘Playing at Treason with Miss Maud Gonne’: Yeats and his Publishers in 1900

Chapter
  • 31 Downloads

Abstract

Why do you choose to suffer? You find your subject, you wear out your wits over it with toiling at night, you throw your very life into it; and after all your journeyings into the field of thought, the monument reared with your life-blood is simply a good or a bad speculation for a publisher. Your work will sell or it will not sell; and therein, for them, lies the whole question. A book means so much capital at risk, and the better the book the less likely it is to sell. A man of talent rises above the level of ordinary heads; his success varies in direct ratio with the time required for his work to be appreciated. And no publisher wants to wait. Today’s book must be sold by to-morrow. Acting on this system, publishers and booksellers do not care to take real literature, books that call for the high praise that comes slowly.

Keywords

Literary Agent Modernist Writer Literary Adviser Irish Prisoner Unpublished Letter 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Notes

  1. Honoré de Balzac, A Distinguished Provincial at Paris, trans. Ellen Marriage (New York: Macmillan, 1901), p. 144.Google Scholar
  2. W. B. Yeats, Autobiographies (London: Macmillan, 1955), p. 315; Essays and Introductions (London: Macmillan, 1961), pp. 162, 187.Google Scholar
  3. W. B. Yeats: A Variorum Edition, ed. Warwick Gould, Phillip L. Marcus and Michael J. Sidnell (London: Macmillan Academic and Professional, 1992; hereafter cited as VSR), Appendix 5: ‘The Illustrations and Cover Designs’, pp. 271–86.Google Scholar
  4. William H. O’Donnell as The Speckled Bird with Variant Versions (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1976) (hereafter SB).Google Scholar
  5. Paul Morgan, Frank Sidgwick’s Diary and Other Material Relating to The Shakespeare Head Press at Stratford-Upon-Avon (Oxford: published for the Shakespeare Head Press by Basil Blackwell, 1975), p. 63n.Google Scholar
  6. James G. Nelson’s Elkin Mathews: Publisher to Yeats, Joyce, Pound (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989), p. 19 n. 35.Google Scholar
  7. Warwick Gould, ‘“The Music of Heaven”: Dorothea Hunter’ in Deirdre Toomey (ed.), Yeats and Women: Yeats Annual No. 9 (London: Macmillan, 1992), pp. 132–88, at pp. 158–62; and George Mills Harper, Yeats Golden Dawn (London: Macmillan, 1974), pp. 27–31.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Charles Morgan, The House of Macmillan 1843–1943 (London: Macmillan, 1944), pp. 220–1.Google Scholar
  9. M. Morris, Hunting (London: Longmans, 1885); The First Afghan War (London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Seale & Rivington, 1878); Essays in Theatrical Criticism (London: Remington, 1882); Claverhouse, for Andrew Lang’s ‘English Worthies’ series (London: Longmans, 1887); Montrose, for the ‘English Men of Action’ series (London: Macmillan, 1892) and Tales of the Spanish Main (London: Macmillan, 1901).Google Scholar
  10. M. Morris, Poet’s Walk (London, Macmillan, new and rev. edn, 1898).Google Scholar
  11. Robert Ackerman’s J. G. Frazer, His Life and Work (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), pp. 95–6.Google Scholar
  12. C. George Sandulescu (ed.), Rediscovering Wilde (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1994), pp. 167–92, at pp. 183–5.Google Scholar
  13. Roy Foster’s title essay in his Paddy and Mr Punch: Connections in Irish and English History (London: Allen Lane, Penguin Press, 1993), pp. 171–94.Google Scholar
  14. W. B. Yeats, Memoirs: Autobiography – First Draft: Journal transcribed and edited by Denis Donoghue (London: Macmillan, 1972; New York: Macmillan, 1973; hereafter Mem), p. 116; and Maud Gonne’s own account in A Servant of the Queen: Reminiscences (London: Gollancz, 1938; hereafter SQ), pp. 303–8.Google Scholar
  15. Hugh Oram, The Newspaper Book: A History of Newspapers in Ireland, 1649–1983 (Dublin: MO Books, 1983), p. 94.Google Scholar
  16. MacBride White and A. Norman Jeffares (eds), The Gonne-Yeats Letters 1893–1938: Always Your Friend (London: Hutchinson, 1992), p. 122 and n. 1.Google Scholar
  17. Alan B. Himber (eds), Letters to W. B. Yeats (London: Macmillan, 1977), 2 vols, p. 154.Google Scholar
  18. Toshi Furomoto (ed.), A Widening Gyre – Poems on W.B. Yeats (Nishinomiya, Japan: privately printed, 1990), pp. 90–2).Google Scholar
  19. D. A. Hamer, John Morley, Liberal Intellectual (Oxford: Clarendon, 1968).Google Scholar
  20. Maurice Cowling, Religion and Public Doctrine in Modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), pp. 167–8.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Dan H. Laurence (ed.), The Collected Letters of George Bernard Shaw (1874–1897) (London: Max Reinhardt, 1965; hereafter Shaw, Letters), passim.Google Scholar
  22. John Harwood, Olivia Shakespear and W. B. Yeats: After Long Silence (London: Macmillan, 1989), p. 48.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. Michael Holroyd, Bernard Shaw, vol. I,1856–1898: The Search for Love (London: Chatto & Windus, 1988), passim and pp. 79–80.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996

Authors and Affiliations

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations