The Devil’s Disciple 1/24/17-5/5/17 – Willie Yeats is possessed by a ghost drawn from Yiddish folklore.
The title The Devil’s Disciple is drawn from a play written by George Bernard Shaw in 1897 (that has nothing to do with this story).
The opening panels of this story refer to the closing events in Overruled, a previous Ballinabricky tale.
They are rehearsing a scene from Oscar Wilde’s 1895 play, The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde had a knack for writing quick-paced comedic dialog that holds up even for modern audiences.
Bram Stoker is here referring to James Joyce’s main character in Ulysses, Leopold Bloom, who was Jewish.