#OTD in 1917 – Fifty-two year old William Butler Yeats finally gets married, but not to Maud Gonne, the love of his life.

Instead he marries 25-year-old Georgie Hyde-Lees (1892–1968). Although only weeks previously, Yeats had proposed to Maud Gonne’s daughter Iseult MacBride from her marriage to John MacBride, the marriage of Yeats and Hyde-Lees was a happy one producing two children. By 1916, Yeats was 51 years old and determined to marry and produce an heir. His […]

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