W. B. Yeats, a Life I : The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914, Paperback Book

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


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 a


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704 pages, black and white plates, line drawings
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780192880857



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