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Yeats was a leading figure of the Irish Literary Revival and remains one of the finest modernist poets in the English language. Scribner is publishing his Collected Worksin 14 volumes. This 13th volume, expertly edited by Yeats scholars Paul (Clemson Univ.; Poetry in the Museum of Modernism: Yeats, Pound, Moore, Stein) and Harper (Georgia State Univ.; Wisdom of Two: The Spiritual and Literary Collaboration of George and W.B. Yeats), presents the original 1925 text of A Vision, along with a helpful scholarly introduction and pages of explanatory notes. It is not light reading: Yeats here attempts to articulate the arcane philosophy behind his life and works, heavily influenced by such occult pursuits as Kabbalah, tarot, and astrology and informed by thousands of pages of "automatic writing" by his wife, George. For serious scholars of Yeats's poetry, this work is necessary, if opaque, reading. It may also find a small secondary audience among occult enthusiasts. Essential for academic libraries supporting graduate literature programs; optional for larger public libraries.
—Alison M. Lewis