E. Temple Thurston (1879-1933)

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Life
[Ernest Temple Thurston; alt. Ernest Charles Thurston; err. d. 1938]; b. Cork, 23 Sept.; m. Katherine Cecil Thurston [née Madden], 1901; separated, 1907; divorced 1910; a second marriage, ending in divorce also, was followed by a third; author of several anti-Catholic novels, The Apple of Eden (1905), the story of a priest who falls in love; Traffic (1906), on the inhumanity of the Church in not allowing divorce and remarriage; The Passionate Crime (1915), in which an eccentric, religious poet commits a murder;
 
issued Enchantment (1917), about a drunken squire who commits his daughter to a convent; issued The Miracle (1922), on the plight of a girl made pregnant by a priest, and Jane Carroll (1927), in which an Irish republican is killed because of his love for a married English woman; issued Traffic: The Story of A Faithful Woman (1906), in which a woman sinks into prostitution rather than remarry at the behest of her religion; lived in London; d. Died St.John’s Wood, of influenza and pneumonia [Marylebone, London], 19 March, 1933. IF OCIL

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Works
Works [ As listed in Wikipedia]  
  • The Apple of Eden (1905)
  • Katherine (1905)
  • Traffic, The Story of a Faithful Woman (1906)
  • Mirage (1908)
  • The City of Beautiful Nonsense (1909)
  • The Apple of Eden (1910)
  • The Greatest Wish in the World (1910)
  • Sally Bishop, a Romance (1910) [text]
  • The Patchwork Papers (1910)
  • The Garden of Resurrection (1911)
  • The Flower of Gloster (1911)
  • The Antagonists (1912)
  • Thirteen (1912)
  • The Open Window (1913)
  • Richard Furlong (1913)
  • The Achievement (1914)
  • The Passionate Crime; A Tale of a Faerie (1915)
  • The Five-barred Gate (1916)
  • Enchantment (1917)
  • The Nature of the Beast (1918)
  • David & Jonathan (1918)
  • Sheepskins & Grey Russet (1919)
  • The World of Wonderful Reality (1919)
  • The Green Bough (1921)
  • The Eye of the Wift (1922)
  • The Miracle (1922)
  • Judas Iscariot; A Play in Four Acts (1923)
  • A Roof and Four Walls; A Comedy in Four Acts (1923)
  • May Eve (1923)
  • Charmeuse (1924)
  • Mr. Bottleby Does Something (1925)
  • Snobs; A Farcical Comedy in One Act (1925)
  • The Goose-feather Bed (1926)
  • Jane Carroll (1927)
  • Millennium (1927)
  • Portrait of a Spy (1929)
  • Man in a Black Hat (1930)
  • The Broken Heart (1932)
  • A Hank of Hair (1932)
  • The Diamond Pendant (1932)

Broadway plays:

  • The Blue Peter (1925)
  • The Wandering Jew (1921) [see Wikipedia]
  • Driven (1914)
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Galactic central lists journal publications:
  •  “Lark with a Broken Wing”, in Harper’s Weekly (19 Feb. 1916)
  • “Over the Hills”, in The American Magazine (July 1917)
  • “ The Refugee”, Outlook (22 Dec. 1915)
  • “ Tares”, in The Forum (June 1915)
—“Best Short Stories” from Edward J. O’Brien’s The Best Short Stories (1915-17) [link].

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Commentary
The Times, obit. noted of his novels that it ‘required to save them from emotionalism an austerity that Thurston found it hard consistently to impose on himself.’

Jame Joyce (letter to Stanislaus): ‘There is a publisher in London, name of Sisley, Ltd. He publishes “daring” work. I saw a review of a book by E. Temple Thurston, called The Realist. It was very daring and unpleasant, D.M. says, but showed unmistakeable talent. I have ordered it from England: it is a book of stories. Do you think I did right? I was going to read [Thomas] Hardy through but have changed over to [Octave] Mirabeau instead.’ (7 Dec. 1906; Selected Letters, p.138; and see Notes, infra.)

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References
Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction [Pt. I] (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), cites non-Irish fiction titles, The City of Beautiful Nonsense; Sally Bishop [A Romance]; The Evolution of Katherine, The Realist and other Tales; Mirage; David and Jonathan (1918) and others, and lists Apple of Eden (Chapman & Hall 1905), 323pp. [argument against celibacy of clergy, a freshly ordained Maynooth priest meeting a woman he had loved in the confessional; bad reports of Irish life in Waterford]; Traffic: The Story of A Faithful Woman (Lodnon: Duckworth 1906; NY: Dillingham), 452pp. [Waterford and London, thesis novel regarding refusal of right to divorce leading to immoral practices; girl leaves unworthy Irish husband, must refuse offer from Protestant in London, and goes on streets]; The Garden of Resurrection ([Chapman & Hall [1911]), 307pp. [Bellairs in restaurant hears cad speak of marrying rich West Indian girl without love; warns her; she marries; comes to unhappiness; returns to him in West of Ireland, they marry]; Thirteen (Chapman & Hall 1912), 276pp. [thirteen short stories, three with bits of Irish life]; The Passionate Crime, a Tale of Faerie (Chapman & Hall 1915), 311pp. [Anthony Sorrel, poet, meets Catholic lady in Tipperary, who is later murdered; he is hanged; author theorises causes; finds people queer, and peasants fetishistic; misunderstands Catholic doctrine, acc. Brown]; Enchantment (Fisher Unwin 1917), 316pp. Charles Desmond, Waterford squire and tippler, vows daughter to convent and reneges but daughter has vocation; meets his death on the way to greet her apparent rescue; the ‘Prince of a Waterford family destroys her vocation; disreputable; style throws glamour over all]. All sounds peculiar, obsessive and interesting.

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Desmond Clarke, Ireland in Fiction: A Guide to Irish Novels, Tales, Romances and Folklore [Pt. 2] (Cork: Royal Carbery 1985), adds detail: d. 1938, and titles The Miracle (1938) [west of Ireland; a girl conceives a child by the priest, and finds Joe Fennell, to whom betrothed, to marry her, while her peasant father, distracted by superstition, throws himself off a rock]; May Eve (1924) [south of Ireland; the dg. of an entomologist is saved from the convent by Irish piping and young love]; Jane Carroll (1927) [Madden, an Irish revolution, falls in love with an English social butterfly, they consummated the relationship, and he is shot by his companions presumably for his moral lapse].

Wikipedia: Ernest Temple Thurston (September 23 March 1879-9 March 1933) [...] Irish poet, playwright and author [...] born in Cork, Ireland and in 1901 he married the popular novelist[,] Katherine Cecil Madden (1875-1911). They had a daughter, Emily Temple Thurston, but the marriage did not last and they separated in 1907 and were formally divorced in 1910. [...] wrote forty books from which seventeen motion pictures were made [; ...] authored several theatrical plays, three of which were performed on Broadway and four were made into motion pictures. His best known work for the stage is The Wandering Jew, a play in four parts that was performed on Broadway in 1921 and made into a film in 1933. His daughter Emily published the play as a novel in 1934 [...] E. Temple Thurston died from influenza and pneumonia in London in 1933. Incls. Bibliography [as in Works, supra]

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British Library holds [1] The Wandering Jew ... From the play by Ernest Temple Thurston. pp. 396. Putnam: London, 1934. 8o. [2] A Hank of Hair. pp. 314. Cassell & Co.: London, 1932. 8o. [3] A Roof and Four Walls. A comedy in four acts. pp. 142. G. P. Putnam’s Sons: London & New York, 1923. 8o. [4] Charmeuse. pp. 314. Cassell & Co.: London, 1924. 8o. [5] Charmeuse. A comedy in three acts. pp. 95. London, New York, [1932.] 8o. [6] Come and Listen ... With illustrations by Flora C. Twort. pp. vii. 136. G. P. Putnam’s Sons: London & New York, 1927. 8o. [7] “David & Jonathan.” [A novel.]. pp. 256. Hutchinson & Co.: London, [1918.] 8o. [8] Digressions: being passages from the works of E. Temple Thurston. Collected & arranged by Bellwattle. pp. vi. 275. Chapman & Hall: London, 1912. 8o. [9] Discord. pp. 160. Ernest Benn: London, 1933. 8o. [10] Driven. A play in four acts. pp. 144. Chapman & Hall: London, 1914. 8o. [11] Title E. Temple Thurston. A critical study, with a bibliography. [With portraits.]. pp. 27. [G. P. Putnam’s Sons: London & New York, 1926.] 8o. [12] Enchantment. pp. 276. Lloyds: London, [1918.] 8o. [13] Enchantment. pp. 316. T. Fisher Unwin: London, 1917. 8o. [14] Enchantment. (New edition.). pp. 316. G. P. Putnam’s Sons: London & New York, 1926. 8o. [15] Jane Carroll. pp. 380. G. P. Putnam’s Sons: London & New York, [1927.] 8o. [16] John Boddy. Leaves from a constable’s notebook. pp. 287. Ward, Lock & Co.: London & Melbourne, 1931. 8o. [17] Judas Iscariot. A play in four acts. Title [Another copy.] Judas Iscariot, etc. F.P. pp. 122. G. P. Putnam’s Sons: London & New York, 1923. 8o. London & New York, 1923. 8o. [18] Man in a Black Hat. pp. 312. Cassell & Co.: London, 1930. 8o. [19] May Eve. Bath: Lythway Press, 1973. ISBN 0 85046 473 0 pp. 287. 19 cm. [20] May Eve, etc. pp. 287. Hutchinson & Co.: London, [1924.] 8o. [21] May Eve, etc. pp. 340. D. Appleton & Co.: New York, 1923. 8o. [22] Millennium. pp. 557. Cassell & Co.: London, 1929. 8o. [23] Mirage. pp. 126. George Newnes: London, 1920. 8o. [24] Mirage. pp. viii. 310. Methuen & Co.: London, 1908. 8o. [25] Mirage ... New and cheaper edition. pp. viii. 310. Chapman & Hall: London, 1912. 8o. [26] Mr. Bottleby Does Something. pp. 313. Cassell & Co.: London, 1925. 8o. [27] Over the Hill. pp. vii. 247. Chapman & Hall: London, 1917. 8o. [28] Poems 1918-1923. pp. 68. G. P. Putnam’s Sons: London & New York, 1923. 8o. [29] Portrait of a Spy. pp. viii. 300. G. P. Putnam’s Sons: London & New York, 1928. 8o. [30] Portrait of a Spy. The Story of Mata Hari. Title [A reissue.] Portrait of a Spy, etc. pp. 250. Readers Library Publishing Co.: London, [1932.] 8o. London, [1938.] 8o.[31] Richard Furlong ... New and cheaper edition. pp. 391. Chapman & Hall: London, 1915. 8o. [32] Richard Furlong. A novel ... Two illustrations by W. R. Dakin. pp. 391. Chapman & Hall: London, 1913. 8o. [33] Sally Bishop ... Illustrated, etc. pp. 331. Chapman & Hall: London, 1924. 8o. [34] Sally Bishop: a romance. pp. viii. 518. Chapman & Hall: London, 1908. 8o. [35] Sally Bishop, etc. pp. 380. Readers Library Publishing Co.: London, [1933.] 8o. [36] Sally Bishop, etc. pp. 317. G. Newnes: London, [1914.] 8o. [37] Sheepskins & Grey Russet ... Illustrated by Emile Verpilleux. pp. xii. 307. Cassell & Co.: London, 1919. 8o. [38] Snobs. A farcical comedy in one act. pp. 24. London & New York, [1925.] 8o. [39] Summer 1917, and other verses. pp. 68. Chapman & Hall: London, 1917. 8o. [40] Tares. pp. 128. London, [1920.] 8o. [41] Tares. pp. 329. Chapman & Hall: London, 1915. 8o. [42] The “Flower of Gloster.” [An account of a barge voyage from Oxford to Inglesham.] ... Illustrated by W. R. Dakin. pp. xi. 244. Williams & Norgate: London, 1911. 8o. [43] The Achievement. pp. 192. London, [1929.] 8o. [44] The Achievement. pp. 397. Chapman & Hall: London, 1914. 8o. [45] The Achievement of Richard Furlong. pp. vii. 728. Chapman & Hall: London, 1915. 8o. [46] The Antagonists. pp. 160. George Newnes: London, [1924.] 8o. [47] The Antagonists. pp. 300. Chapman & Hall: London, 1912. 8o. [48] The Apple of Eden. pp. 192. London, [1926.] 8o. [49] The Apple of Eden. pp. 128. London, [1921.] 8o. [50] The Apple of Eden. pp. 254. George Newnes: London, [1920.] 8o. [51] The Apple of Eden. pp. 254. G. Newnes: London, [1914.] 8o. [52] The Apple of Eden ... New and cheaper edition. pp. 127. Chapman & Hall: London, 1906. 8o. [53] The Apple of Eden. [A novel.]. pp. 323. Chapman & Hall: London, 1905. 8o. [54] The Blue Peter. A play in four acts. pp. 172. G. P. Putnam’s Sons: London & New York, 1924. 8o. [55] The broken heart. Bath: Lythway Press, 1974. ISBN 0 85046 511 7 pp. 280. 19 cm. [56] The Broken Heart. [Tales.]. pp. 280. Ward, Lock & Co.: London & Melbourne, 1932. 8o. [57] The City of Beautiful Nonsense. pp. 280. Harmondsworth, 1939. 8o. [58] The City of Beautiful Nonsense. pp. 254. George Newnes: London, [1914.] 8o. [59] The City of Beautiful Nonsense. pp. viii. 360. Chapman & Hall: London, 1909. 8o. [60] The City of Beautiful Nonsense. Title [A re-issue.] The City of Beautiful Nonsense. pp. 122. [1916.]. London, [1920.] 8o. [61] The City of Beautiful Nonsense ... New ... edition. pp. viii. 360. Chapman & Hall: London, 1913. 8o. [62] The City of Beautiful Nonsense ... With over one hundred and twenty illustrations by Emile Verpilleux. New and illustrated edition. pp. xii. 458. Chapman & Hall: London, 1910. 8o. [63] The Cost: a comedy in four acts. pp. 134. Chapman & Hall: London, 1914. 8o. [64] The Evolution of Katherine. pp. 124. London, [1921.] 8o. [65] The Evolution of Katherine. pp. 254. George Newnes: London, [1914.] 8o. [66] The Evolution of Katherine. pp. 190. Stanley Paul & Co.: London, [1911.] 8o. [67] The Evolution of Katherine. pp. 352. Chapman & Hall: London, 1907. 8o. [68] The Eye of the Wift. pp. 255. Cassell & Co.: London, 1922. 8o. [69] The Five-Barred Gate. pp. 158. London, [1928.] 8o. [70] The Five-Barred Gate. pp. 250. George Newnes: London, [1919.] 8o. [71] The Five Barred Gate. pp. 319. Hodder & Stoughton: London, 1916. 8o. [72] The Five-Barred Gate. (Abridged.). pp. 128. London, [1921.] 8o. [73] The Forest Fire, and other stories. pp. 248. Cassell & Co.: London, [1919.] 8o. [74] The Garden of Resurrection. pp. 254. George Newnes: London, [1915.] 8o. [75] The Garden of Resurrection: being the love story of an ugly man. pp. 307. Chapman & Hall: London, 1911. 8o. [76] The Garden of Resurrection, etc. pp. 316. Cassell & Co.: London, 1931. 8o. [77] The Goose-Feather Bed. pp. 352. G. P. Putnam’s Sons: London & New York, 1926. 8o. [78] The Greatest Wish in the World. pp. 124. [1917.] [79] The Greatest Wish in the World. pp. 254. George Newnes: London, [1914.] 8o. [80] The Greatest Wish in the World. pp. viii. 392. Chapman & Hall: London, 1910. 8o. [81] The Green Bough. pp. 307. Cassell & Co.: London, 1921. 8o. [82] The King’s Candle. [Tales.]. pp. vii. 252. G. P. Putnam’s Sons: London & New York, 1929. 8o. [83] The Miracle. pp. 288. Hutchinson & Co.: London, [1922.] 8o. [84] The Miracle ... Fourth edition. pp. 288. Hutchinson & Co.: London, [c. 1925.] 8o. [85] The Open Window ... Illustrated by Charles Robinson. pp. 286. Chapman & Hall: London, 1915. 8o. [86] The Open Window ... Illustrated by Charles Robinson. pp. 286. Chapman & Hall: London, 1913. 8o. [87] The Passionate Crime: a tale of faerie. pp. 311. Chapman & Hall: London, 1915. 8o. [88] The Passionate Crime, etc. pp. 125. London, [1921.] 8o. [89] The Patchwork Papers. pp. xi. 267. Chapman & Hall: London, 1910. 8o. [90] The Realist ... New ... edition. pp. 157. John Long: London, 1914. 8o. [91] The Realist, and other stories. pp. 148. Sisley’s Ltd.: London, 1906. 8o. [92] The Rosicrucian [and other tales]. pp. 284. G. P. Putnam’s Sons: London & New York, 1930. 8o. [93] The Rossetti, and other tales. pp. 313. Cassell & Co.: London, 1926. 8o. [94] The Wandering Jew. A play in four phases. pp. viii. 148. G. P. Putnam’s Sons: London & New York, 1920. 8o. [95] The World of Wonderful Reality. pp. xiii. 297. Hodder & Stoughton: London, [1919.] 8o. [96] Thirteen. [Stories.]. pp. vii. 279. Chapman & Hall: London, 1912. 8o. [97] Traffic: the story of a faithful woman. pp. 250. George Newnes: London, [1917.] 8o. [98] Traffic. The story of a faithful woman. pp. xi. 452. Duckworth & Co.: London, 1906. 8o.

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Weblinks at www.answers.com:
See also British Film Institute Database.

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Booksellers
Richard Beaton (Lewes, S. Sussex), lists:-
The Antagonists [orig. 1912; copyright edn.] (Leipzig: Tauchnitz 1913; act. 1928)
Charmeuse
[1924] (Leipzig: Tauchnitz 1925)
The Greatest Wish in the World
[copyright edn.] (Leipzig: Tauchnitz 1910)
Achievement
[1914] (Leipzig: Tauchnitz 1922)
The City of Beautiful Nonsense
(Leipzig: Tauchnitz 1911)
The Antagonists
(London: Chapman & Hall 1912) [1st edn.]
The Garden of Resurrection
( Leipzig: Tauchnitz 1911)
The Open Window
(Leipzig: Tauchnitz 1913)
Mr Bottleby Does Something
(Leipzig: Tauchnitz 1926) [1st iss.]

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Notes
James Joyce held a copy of The Realist (London: Sisley’s 1904; John Lane 1914) in his Trieste library. (See Richard Ellmann, The Consciousness of James Joyce, Faber, p.130 [Appendix].)

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