The Major Works

The Major Works : including poems, plays, and critical prose

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This authoritative edition was first published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Yeats's poetry and prose - all the major poems, complemented by plays, critical writings, and letters - to give the essence of his work and thinking.

W. B. Yeats was born in 1865, only 38 years after the death of William Blake, and died in 1939, the contemporary of Ezra Pound and James Joyce. His career crossed two centuries, and this volume represents the full range of his achievement, from the Romantic early poems of Crossways and the symbolist masterpiece The Wind Among the Reeds to his last poems. Myth and folk-tale influence both his poems and his plays, represented here by Cathleen ni Houlihan and Deirdre among others. The
importance of the spirit world to his life and work is evident in his critical essays and occult writings, and the anthology also contains political speeches, autobiographical writings, and a selection of his letters.

This one-volume collection of poems and prose offers a unique perspective on the connectedness of Yeats's literary output, showing how his aesthetic, spiritual, and political development was reflected in everything he wrote.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 34mm | 442g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199537496
  • 9780199537495
  • 45,337

About W. B. Yeats

William Butler Yeats wurde am 13. Juni 1865 im irischen Sandymount bei Dublin geboren. Yeats studierte erst Kunst bevor er sich ab 1880 der Literatur zuwandte. Er lernte Oscar Wilde kennen und setzte sich sehr für die englischsprachige irische Literatur ein. William Butler Yeats gründete mit der Unterstützung von Lady Gregory 1899 das Abbey Theatres in Dublin, das spätere irische Nationaltheater und schrieb zahlreiche Stücke für sein Theater. Yeats schrieb Prosa, Lyrik, Dramen und Essays. 1923 wurde ihm der Nobelpreis für Literatur verliehen. Am 28. Januar 1939 starb William Butler Yeats in Roquebrune-Cape-Martin, in der Nähe von Nizza.
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