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The Crime and Punishment of Marie Girodin and Vere St Leger Goold

Friday 16 November 2018

The Crime and Punishment of Marie Girodin and Vere St Leger Goold

A lecture by Kevin Barry - Professor Emeritus at the School of Humanities, NUI Galway

Friday 16 November 2018 at 19:30

Paddington, 1891: Marie Girodin [sometimes written Giraudin], a couturier to London theatre houses, married a young Irishman from Waterford, the Wimbledon finalist, founder of Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, Secretary of the Irish Boundary Commission, bon viveur and fantasist, VERE ST LEGER GOOLD. Some sixteen years later, when the courts of Monaco found them guilty of a ghastly murder at their first-floor apartment in the Villa Menesini, Avenue des Fleurs (now 15 Avenue de Grande-Bretagne), Monte-Carlo, both would die in prison; she at Montpellier and he in French Guyana.

This story of crime and punishment is remarkable because the surviving records offer us such vividly different views of the catastrophe. In addition to the sensational journalism of the day and the records that survive in prison archives, Vere Goold himself on the prison ship bound for the bagnes wrote in three school copybooks a memoir of the crime, of his Irish childhood and of the song he was about to sing to his wife Marie at the fatal moment when the doorbell rang at the Villa Menesini…

Kevin Barry is Professor Emeritus at the School of Humanities, NUI Galway, and founder member of Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. His publications include Language, Music, and the Sign (Cambridge University Press, 1987), James Joyce: Political, Critical, and Occasional Writings (Oxford University Press, 2000), The Dead: Ireland into Film (Cork University Press, 2001), Traces of Peter Rice (The Lilliput Press, 2012).  His current project is a study of what men and women write toward the end of their lives.

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