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W. B. Yeats, A Life I: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914 (Paperback)
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W. B. Yeats, A Life I: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914 (Paperback)

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Paperback 704 Pages / Published: 01/10/1998
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In the first authorized biography of W. B. Yeats for over 50 years, Roy Foster brings new light to one of the most complex and fascinating lives of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Working from a great archive of personal and contemporary material, he dramatically alters traditional perceptions to illuminate the poet's family history, relationships, politics, and art. From a childhood inheritance of declasse Irish Protestantism with strong nationalist sympathies, and an exceptional and talented family background, the narrative charts his development into a great poet. It ends in his 50th year with the controversies and disillusionment affecting his personal and public life at the time of the First World War. A bohemian life of uncertain finances, love-affairs, avant-garde friends and experiments with drugs and occultism prefaces his attempt to unite politics with high culture and his creation of an Irish national theatre. Constantly shifting between Dublin, Coole Park a

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780192880857
Number of pages: 704
Weight: 1062 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 42 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
wonderfully illuminating * Seamus Deane, The Guardian *
will remain a central text for all admirers of Yeats * Peter Ackroyd, The Times *
an instant classic - such style, wise humour and airy scholarship ... one to keep close by * The Sunday Telegraph *
the fullest and most reliable account of Yeats's career ... required reading * John Kelly, The Irish Times *
biography on the heroic scale * John Carey, The Sunday Times *

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