W. B. Yeats, A Life I
26%
off

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

4.26 (76 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

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 ashow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 704 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 38mm | 1,138.51g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black and white plates, line drawings
  • 0192880853
  • 9780192880857
  • 492,707

Review quote

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

About R. F. Foster

R. F. Foster is Carroll Professor of Irish History at Oxford University. Renowned as an Irish historian and biographer, his previous books include Modern Ireland 1600-1972 and The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland, as well as biographies of Charles Stewart Parnell and Lord Randolph Churchill. Roy Foster was born in Waterford, Ireland, in 1949 and educated in Ireland and in the United States. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where he was a Foundation Scholar in History, he subsequently became Professor of Modern British History at Birkbeck College, University of London, as well as holding visiting fellowships at St Anthony's College, Oxford, the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, and Princeton University. In 1991 he became the first Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and was elected a Fellow of Hertford College. He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 1989.show more

Table of contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; SOURCE ILLUSTRATIONS; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; FOREWORD; FAMILY TREES; INTRODUCTION; PROLOGUE: YEATSES AND POLLEXFENS; 1 THE ARTIST'S CHILDREN: SLIGO 1865-1881; 2 EXPLORATIONS: DUBLIN 1881-1887;; 3 TWO YEARS: BEDFORD PARK 1887-1889; 4 SECRET SOCIETIES 1889-1891; 5 THE BATTLES OF THE BOOKS 1891-1893; 6 LANDS OF HEART'S DESIRE 1894-1896; 7 WAITING FOR THE MILLENNIUM 1896-1898; 8 SHADOWY WATERS 1898-1900; 9 OCCULT POLITICS 1900-1901; 10 NATIONAL DRAMAS 1901-1902; 11 THE TASTE OF SALT 1902-1903; 12 FROM AMERICA TO ABBEY STREET 1903-1904; 13 DELIGHTING IN ENEMIES 1905-1906; 14 SYNGE AND THE IRELAND OF HIS TIME 1907-1909; 15 SEVERANCES 1909-1910; 16 TRUE AND FALSE IRELANDS 1910-1911; 17 GHOSTS 1911-1913; 18 MEMORY HARBOUR 1913-1914; APPENDIX: 'THE POET YEATS TALKS DRAMA WITH ASHTON STEVENS', FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 30 JANUARY 1904; ABBREVIATIONS; NOTES; INDEXshow more

Rating details

76 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
5 45% (34)
4 37% (28)
3 18% (14)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X