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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
 

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ISBN-10: 0192806092

ISBN-13: 9780192806093

Pub. Date: 05/19/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The acclaimed first volume of this definitive biography of W. B. Yeats left him in his fiftieth year, at a crossroads in his life. The subsequent quarter-century surveyed in The Arch-Poet takes in his rediscovery of advanced nationalism and his struggle for an independent Irish culture, his continued pursuit of supernatural truths through occult experimentation, his

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The acclaimed first volume of this definitive biography of W. B. Yeats left him in his fiftieth year, at a crossroads in his life. The subsequent quarter-century surveyed in The Arch-Poet takes in his rediscovery of advanced nationalism and his struggle for an independent Irish culture, his continued pursuit of supernatural truths through occult experimentation, his extraordinary marriage, and a series of tumultuous love affairs. Throughout he was writing his greatest poems: 'The Fisherman' and 'The Wild Swans at Coole' in their stark simplicity; the magnificently complex sequences on the Troubles and Civil War; the Byzantium poems; and the radically compressed last work -- some of it literally written on his deathbed. The drama of his life is mapped against the history of the Irish revolution and the new Irish state founded in 1922. Yeats's many political roles and his controversial involvement in a right-wing movement during the early 1930s are covered more closely than ever before, and his complex and passionate relationship with the developing history of his country remains a central theme. Throughout this book, the genesis, alteration, and presentation of his work (memoirs and polemic as well as poetry) are explored through his private and public life. 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. Yeats constantly re-created himself and his work, believing that art was 'not the chief end of life but an accident in one's search for reality': a search which brought him again and again back to his governing preoccupations, sex and death. He also held that 'all knowledge is biography', a belief reflected in this study of one of the greatest lives of modern times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192806093
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/19/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
824
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Acknowledgementsxv
Introduction: Accidence and Coherencexix
Prologue: Crossways1
Chapter 1Accomplishment and Noh 1915-19165
Chapter 2Shades and Angels 1916-191744
Chapter 3The Sense of Happiness 1917-191994
Chapter 4A Feeling for Revelation 1919-1920140
Chapter 5'Weight and Measure in a Time of Dearth' 1920-1921170
Chapter 6Living in the Explosion 1922-1924205
Chapter 7Bad Writers and Bishops 1924-1925254
Chapter 8Vanity and Pride 1925-1927293
Chapter 9Striking a Match 1927-1930343
Chapter 10One Last Burial 1930-1932395
Chapter 11Struggles Towards Reality 1932-1933441
Chapter 12A New Fanaticism 1933-1934466
Chapter 13Passionate Metaphysics 1934-1935496
Chapter 14Fire and Eating 1936-1937536
Chapter 15Folly and Elegance 1937-1938571
Chapter 16Dying Like an Empire 1938-1939611
Epilogue: Genius and History653
Appendix 1Letter and Memorandum from the Abbey Directors to the Free State Government, Opening Negotiations for a Subsidy661
Appendix 2Lionel Curtis's Account of His Meeting with WBY on 20 January 1923668
Abbreviations671
Notes675
Index769
Sources of Illustrations797

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