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By Margaret Mills Harper

Georgie Hyde Lees, who married W. B. Yeats within the autumn of 1917, has for a few years occupied a secondary or perhaps marginal place in so much stories of her recognized husband. She has been depicted as a bad selection for romantic companion, political comrade, or literary collaborator. whereas frequently thanked in acknowledgments pages and considered as a minor editor or secretary, she often gets basically footnote prestige in literary analyses. typically, she has been solid as an novice spirit medium or, much less generously, as a manipulative wrongdoer of an intricate mystical and sexual hoax out of which arose Yeats's philosophical treatise A Vision and a raft of poetry, performs, and different literary works. but George Yeats co-wrote the automated script and co-created the "system" of cosmic geometry, according to a dialectics of hope. Coming to phrases with the "system" is key to realizing the past due paintings of the poet, but a radical serious research of the Yeatses' "incredible adventure" hasn't ever been written. Harper, certainly one of few students who's in detail acquainted with the massive mass of records, presents the 1st such learn. She analyzes the hundreds of thousands of pages of released and unpublished papers, the particularities in their strange composition, the completed literary works that depend on them, and historic contexts similar to the spiritualist circulation, automatism (including its relation to communications technology), sexual politics, and battle. Wisdom of Two airs severe and theoretical concerns which are important to figuring out the Yeatses' non secular, literary, and dramatic collaboration.

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