Tóibín’s fascinating study writes literary fathers into their sons’ stories

Tóibín’s fascinating study writes literary fathers into their sons’ stories
James Joyce said Ulysses was his father’s ‘spittin’ image’

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know is based on a series of lectures that Tóibín delivered in honour of the late biographer Richard Ellmann at Emory University in Georgia last year

Biography: Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce, By Colm Tóibín, Viking, €17.95

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