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W.B. Yeats : the man and the milieu

Author: Keith Alldritt
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Keith Alldritt gives us a lively telling of Yeats's story that puts the poet in the context of his times, from the high Victorian era to the modernism of the thirties. Alldritt reveals that Yeats was not just "the sensitive introvert who began as the mooning dreamer and after a lifetime seeking philosophical and hermetic wisdom, ended as the learned sage" that Yeats himself and his biographers would have us believe.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Alldritt, Keith.
W.B. Yeats.
New York : Clarkson Potter, 1997
(OCoLC)645836282
Named Person: W B Yeats; W B Yeats; William B Yeats
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Alldritt
ISBN: 0517799898 9780517799895
OCLC Number: 36875133
Description: xviii, 388 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: An Irish childhood, an English education : 1865-1880 --
The young nationalist : 1880-1890 --
The calculating dreamer : 1890-1901 --
The Edwardian impresario : 1902-1910 --
Wars and revolutions : 1910-1922 --
Mediterranean days : 1922-1932 --
Forays from Rathfarnham : the last years, 1932-1939.
Responsibility: Keith Alldritt.
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Keith Alldritt gives us a lively telling of Yeats's story that puts the poet in the context of his times, from the high Victorian era to the modernism of the thirties. Alldritt reveals that Yeats was not just "the sensitive introvert who began as the mooning dreamer and after a lifetime seeking philosophical and hermetic wisdom, ended as the learned sage" that Yeats himself and his biographers would have us believe. He shows us a less familiar man: "a dedicated.

Careerist, an ambitious man of determined self-interest, a seeker after social standing, and a combative man with a violent temper that sustained him in many nasty quarrels." Yeats's long, passionate, and physically unrequited love affair with the beautiful Irish nationalist Maud Gonne, which led to some of his most poignant poetry, is brought vividly to life. Also covered in some detail are Yeats's numerous love affairs in the years before his death. Though condoned by.

His wife, they have not been explored in previous biographies out of respect for her feelings. In his years of research, Alldritt visited libraries worldwide. He was given special access to Yeats's private papers in the National Library of Ireland and interviewed many people who knew or are knowledgeable about Yeats, most notably Yeats's daughter, Anne.

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