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 maybe marginal place in such a lot reports of her well-known husband. She has been depicted as a terrible selection for romantic accomplice, political comrade, or literary collaborator. whereas usually thanked in acknowledgments pages and considered as a minor editor or secretary, she often gets simply footnote prestige in literary analyses. generally, she has been forged as an novice spirit medium or, much less generously, as a manipulative wrongdoer of an complex 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 wish. Coming to phrases with the "system" is essential to realizing the overdue paintings of the poet, but a radical serious examine of the Yeatses' "incredible event" hasn't ever been written. Harper, considered one of few students who's in detail acquainted with the big mass of records, offers the 1st such research. She analyzes the hundreds of thousands of pages of released and unpublished papers, the particularities in their strange composition, the completed literary works that depend on them, and historic contexts akin to the spiritualist circulate, automatism (including its relation to communications technology), sexual politics, and battle. Wisdom of Two airs serious and theoretical matters which are very important to figuring out the Yeatses' non secular, literary, and dramatic collaboration.