One thinks of Homer

Mulligan recalls Stephen's abrasively honest review of Lady Gregory's Poets and Dreamers and asks him, "Couldn't you do the Yeats touch?" Exaggerating Yeats's effusive comment on another work by Gregory, he gushes, "The most beautiful book that has come out of our country in my time. One thinks of Homer." This passage is remarkable for its continued mockery of Yeats (Mulligan has already done so in Telemachus), its implicit hostility to Anglo-Irish customs and connections, and its ungracious attitude toward literary patronage. More interesting than any of these, though, is the sly way it glances at the coming arrival of Ulysses on the literary stage.

John Hunt 2023

Check made out to George Russell (Æ) by Lady Gregory in 1897, held in the New York Public Library. Source:

William Butler Yeats, Lady Augusta Gregory, and her son Robert Gregory at her home at Coole Park in County Galway, date unknown. Source: