W. B. Yeats: A Life, Volume II: The Arch-Poet 1915-1939 by R. F. Foster | 9780198184652 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
W. B. Yeats: A Life, Volume II: The Arch-Poet 1915-1939

W. B. Yeats: A Life, Volume II: The Arch-Poet 1915-1939

by R. F. Foster
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198184654

ISBN-13: 9780198184652

Pub. Date: 12/01/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The first volume in Roy Foster's magisterial biography of W.B. Yeats was hailed as "a work of huge significance" (The Atlantic Monthly) and "a stupendous historiographical feat" (Irish Sunday Independent). Now, the eagerly awaited second volume explores the complex poetic, political, and personal intricacies of Yeats's dramatic final decades, a

Overview

The first volume in Roy Foster's magisterial biography of W.B. Yeats was hailed as "a work of huge significance" (The Atlantic Monthly) and "a stupendous historiographical feat" (Irish Sunday Independent). Now, the eagerly awaited second volume explores the complex poetic, political, and personal intricacies of Yeats's dramatic final decades, a period that saw the Easter Rebellion, the founding of the Irish state in 1922, and the production of Yeats's greatest masterpieces.
In the conclusion of this first fully authorized biography, Foster brilliantly illuminates the circumstances—the rich internal and external experiences—that shaped the great poetry of Yeats's later years: "The Wild Swans at Coole," "Sailing to Byzantium," "The Tower," "The Circus Animals Desertion," "Under Ben Bulben," and many others. Yeats's pursuit of Irish nationalism and an independent Irish culture, his continued search for supernatural truths through occult experimentation, his extraordinary marriage, a series of tempestuous love affairs, and his lingering obsession with Maud Gonne are all explored here with a nuance and awareness rare in literary biography. Foster gives us the very texture of Yeats's life and thought, revealing the many ways he made poetry out of the "quarrel" with himself and the upheaval around him. But this consummate biography also shows that Yeats was much more than simply a lyric poet and examines in great detail Yeats's non-poetic work—his essays, plays, polemics, and memoirs. The enormous and varied circle of Yeats's friends, lovers, family, collaborators and antagonists inhabit and enrich a personal world of astounding energy, artistic commitment and verve; while the poet himself is shown returning again and again to his governing preoccupations, sex and death.
Based on complete and unprecedented access to Yeats's papers and written with extraordinary grace and insight, W.B. Yeats, A Life offers the fullest portrait yet of the private and public life of one of the twentieth century's greatest poets.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198184652
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Pages:
856
Product dimensions:
9.44(w) x 6.50(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Accidence and Coherence
Prologue: Crossways
1. Accomplishment and Noh, 1915-1916
2. Shades and Angels, 1916-1917
3. The Sense of Happiness, 1917-1919
4. A Feeling for Revelation, 1919-1920
5. Weight and Measure in a Time of Dearth, 1920-1921
6. Living in the Explosion, 1922-1924
7. Bad Writers and Bishops, 1924-1925
8. Vanity and Pride, 1925-1927
9. Striking a Match, 1927-1930
10. One Last Burial, 1930-1932
11. Struggles Towards Reality, 1932-1933
12. A New Fanaticism, 1933-1934
13. Passionate Metaphysics, 1934-1935
14. Fire and Eating, 1936-1937
15. Folly and Elegance, 1937-1938
16. Dying Like an Empire, 1938-1939
Footnotes
Appendices

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >