By George Mills Harper, Walter Kelly Hood (eds.)
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As she read you xlv Editorial Introduction came into my memory, as you were when I saw you nearly thirty years ago. , in 1922). While there, he reported to Olivia Shakespear, on 27 Jy 1922, that 'an old friend' had indeed been reading to him: 'Did you ever read George Sand's Consuelo and its sequel? Lady Gregory has read them out to me-a chapter at a time-during the summer' (L 687). 39 Almost certainly' then, the first draft' of the Dedication was written in the summer of 1924 after Yeats had seen Moina again.
He was conscious that he had perhaps 'not even dealt ... with the most important part, for I have said little of sexual love nothing of the souls reality'. 44 He had been warned by the Controls and the Medium that it was too personal; he had failed to treat the soul's reality because he felt inadequate for the task. ). Whatever the inadequacy of his book, however, Yeats was certain that the creation of it had rid his mind of abstraction: he had 'been purified by desire'. On 23 Apr 1925 he recorded his relief and partial frustration in a notebook devoted chiefly to after-thoughts about his exhausting spiritual quest: 'Yesterday I finished "A Vision", I can write letters again & idle'.
Dee and his friend Edward Kelly had in Cracow practised alchemy and scrying. There I took up with a fiery handsome girl of the poorer classes, and hired a couple of rooms in an old tumble-down house. One night I was thrown out of bed and when I lit my tallow candle found that the bed, which had fallen at one end, had been propped up by a joint stool and an old book bound in calf. In the morning I found that the book was called 'Speculum Angelorum et Hominorum,' had been written by Giraldus and printed at Cracow in 15M, a good many years before the celebrated Cracow publications, and was of a very much earlier style both as to woodcut and type.
A Critical Edition of Yeats’s a Vision (1925) by George Mills Harper, Walter Kelly Hood (eds.)