Lady Gregory's Toothbrush
In this remarkable biographical essay, Colm Tóibín examines the contradictions that defined Lady Gregory, an essential figure in Irish cultural history. She was the wife of a landlord and member of Parliament who had been personally responsible for introducing measures that compounded the misery of the Irish peasantry during the Great Famine. Yet, Lady Gregory devoted much of her creative energy to idealizing that same peasantry, while never abandoning the aristocratic hauteur, the social connections, or the great house that her birth and marriage had bequeathed to her.
University of Wisconsin Press
2017 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award
Arts and Humanities | History | Nonfiction
Tóibín , C. (2002). Lady Gregory's Toothbrush. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.