Born OTD in 1955, Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet, Colm Tóibín. In Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know Colm Toibin turns his incisive gaze to three of Ireland’s greatest writers, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, and their earliest influences: their fathers. From Wilde’s doctor father, a brilliant statistician and amateur archaeologist, who was taken to court by an obsessed lover in a strange premonition of what would happen to his son; to Yeats’ father, an impoverished artist and brilliant letter-writer who could never finish apainting; to John Stanislus Joyce, a singer, drinker and story-teller, a man unwilling to provide for his large family, whom his son James memorialised in his work.

Colm Toibin illuminates not only the complex relationships between three of the greatest writers in the English language and their … More

The first novel by James Joyce, ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’, was published OTD in 1916. It traces the religious & intellectual awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce & an allusion to Daedalus, the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology. Stephen questions & rebels against the Catholic & Irish conventions under which he has grown, culminating in his self-exile from Ireland to Europe.

With an Introduction and Notes by Dr. Jacqueline Belanger, University of Cardiff. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young … More