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Yeats's worlds : Ireland, England, and the poetic imagination

Author: David Pierce
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"William Butler Yeats was Ireland's leading poet, chief architect of the Irish Literary Revival, and, according to T.S. Eliot, 'one of those few whose history is the history of their own time, who are part of the consciousness of an age which cannot be understood without them'. In this absorbing new study, David Pierce provides a fresh perspective, one that attends as much to Yeats's English contexts as his Irish  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: W B Yeats; W B Yeats; W B Yeats; W B Yeats; W B Yeats; W B Yeats; W B Yeats; W B Yeats; W B Yeats; William B Yeats; William B Yeats; W B Yeats
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Pierce
ISBN: 0300063237 9780300063233
OCLC Number: 32085246
Description: xiv, 346 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Yeats and Sligo --
Between Extremities --
Yeats's Family in Sligo --
John Butler Yeats --
Sligo and Landscape --
2. Yeats's Female Daimon --
Early Interest in the Occult --
Speckled Bird --
Automatic Writing Sessions --
3. Yeats and Cultural Nationalism --
Ballad Poetry of Ireland --
Case of William Allingham Re-Examined --
Standish James O'Grady, the Fenian Unionist --
John O'Leary and the Fenian Tradition --
4. Yeats and 1890s London --
William Morris --
London Clubland --
Journals and Journalism --
Celt in London --
5. Yeats and the Abbey Theatre --
In the Making --
Early Years in the Abbey --
Unpopular Theatre --
6. Yeats during the First World War --
September 1913 --
August 1914 --
Easter 1916 --
October 1917 --
7. Yeats in the 1920s --
Family Man --
Widening Gyre --
Irish Senator --
Vision --
8. Yeats in the 1930s --
Rapallo --
Lady Gregory and Coole --
Fascist Charge --
Memory and Imagination --
Last Affair in Sussex and Death in France. Appendix 1 Chronology of the Life and Times of W.B. Yeats --
Appendix 2 Dramatics Personae in Yeats's Life and Work.
Responsibility: David Pierce ; with contemporary photographs by Dan Harper.

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This study offers a perspective that attends as much to Yeats's English contexts as his Irish ones, and to the preoccupations of his art. Interweaving biography, criticism and history, the book  Read more...

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