The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats: Volume IV, 1905-1907

Hardcover | January 4, 2006

EditorJohn Kelly, Ronald Schuchard

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This volume covers a tumultuous period in Yeats's public and personal life, beginning with the acrimonious collapse of Maud Gonne's marriage to Major MacBride (who not only accused Yeats of being her lover but also threatened to shoot him). Dramas at the Abbey Theatre were hardly less intense,both on and off the stage: the euphoria which followed the successful opening of the new theatre quickly dispersed in a relentless cycle of quarrels and schisms. Yeats's attempts to turn an enthusiastic but ill-disciplined amateur society into a professional company led to a permanent division inthe company, while the vagaries of Annie Horniman, the irascible patron of the theatre, put the whole movement under permanent tension. Violence actually broke out in January 1907 when the audience rioted at the production of John Synge's The Playboy of the Western World, believing it to be a libelon Ireland. Through all this we see Yeats maturing as an artist: discussing the writing and revising of his poems and plays, preparing the first elaborate American edition of his poems, and undertaking an ambitious eight-volume Collected Works through which he hoped to define his artisticpersonality. The letters not only record this energetic and often bruising period, but also bear witness to Yeats's indomitable fighting spirit and artistic integrity.

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This volume covers a tumultuous period in Yeats's public and personal life, beginning with the acrimonious collapse of Maud Gonne's marriage to Major MacBride (who not only accused Yeats of being her lover but also threatened to shoot him). Dramas at the Abbey Theatre were hardly less intense,both on and off the stage: the euphoria whi...

John Kelly is a Fellow and Tutor in English, St John's College, Oxford. Ronald Schuchard is at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:January 4, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198126840

ISBN - 13:9780198126843

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsChronology: W. B. Yeats 1865-1939Note on Editorial PrinciplesList of Manuscript SourcesList of Abbreviations and Short FormsIntroduction to Volume IVTHE LETTERS 1905-1907Biographical and Historical AppendixIndex of RecipientsGeneral Index

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`magnificent edition of Yeats's letters, ... If there were a prize for fine editing it should go to Messrs. Kelly and Schuchard for an impeccable piece of work. The letters are beautifully presented, and the footnotes are a continual pleasure ... admirable book.'The Spectator