Autobiographies

Autobiographies Autobiographies consists of six autobiographical works that William Butler Yeats published together in the mid s to form a single extraordinary memoir of the first fifty eight years of his life

  • Title: Autobiographies
  • Author: W.B. Yeats William H. O'Donnell Douglas N. Archibald J. Fraser Cocks III Gretchen Schwenker
  • ISBN: 9780684853383
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
  • Autobiographies consists of six autobiographical works that William Butler Yeats published together in the mid 1930s to form a single, extraordinary memoir of the first fifty eight years of his life, from his earliest memories of childhood to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature This volume provides a vivid series of personal accounts of a wide range of figures, and itAutobiographies consists of six autobiographical works that William Butler Yeats published together in the mid 1930s to form a single, extraordinary memoir of the first fifty eight years of his life, from his earliest memories of childhood to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature This volume provides a vivid series of personal accounts of a wide range of figures, and it describes Yeats s work as poet and playwright, as a founder of Dublin s famed Abbey Theatre, his involvement with Irish nationalism, and his fascination with occultism and visions This book is most compelling as Yeats s own account of the growth of his poetic imagination Yeats thought that a poet leads a life of allegory, and that his works are comments upon it Autobiographies enacts his ruling belief in the connections and coherence between the life that he led and the works that he wrote It is a vision of personal history as art, and so it is the one truly essential companion to his poems and plays Edited by William H O Donnell and Douglas N Archibald, this volume is available for the first time with invaluable explanatory notes and includes previously unpublished passages from candidly explicit first drafts.

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    1. For a poet who places so many exquisite thoughts into a small number of lines, Mr Yeats is very long-winded. I never thought it would be possible to find boring anecdotes featuring Oscar Wilde, but Yeats manages it. Very interesting, however, on the birth of modern Irish literature, the hatred of the Irish for the English as well as Yeats' own thoughts about his poetry and plays. He talks a convention of geriatric shoemakers about mysticism and seances, though. Very mixed bag but worthwhile, on [...]

    2. Perfect, very much like Chronicles vol. 1. Or maybe it's the other way 'round and Dylan's Yeatsian. Two great, very similar books, though. Books that you never really read, you just keep revisiting. Yeats writes simply, sumptuously, clearly. Then once a page he'll give an image or metaphor that, no matter how simple it inherently is, blows yah mind.

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