W. B. Yeats, A Life I: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914 by R. F. FosterW. B. Yeats, A Life I: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914 by R. F. Foster

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

byR. F. Foster

Paperback | October 16, 1998

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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 alterstraditional 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 andpublic 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 betweenDublin, Coole Park and London, with forays to America and Paris, ruthlessly constructing a public life as well as a creative reputation, Yeats's genius attracted admirers and enemies with equal passion. His story intersects with those of an engrossing cast of characters including Lady Gregory, J. M.Synge, George Moore, 'AE', Ezra Pound and above all Maud Gonne - an influence eternally re-created 'like the phoenix', affecting everything he did. The search for supernatural wisdom forms a constant thread, traced through Yeats's occult notebooks and closely related to the insecurities of his personal life. The Apprentice Mage charts the growth of a poet's mind and of an astonishing personality, both of which were instrumental in the formationof a new and radicalised Irish nationalist identity.
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, Ire...
Title:W. B. Yeats, A Life I: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 9.21 × 5.98 × 1.65 inPublished:October 16, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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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 1913-1914Appendix: 'The Poet Yeats Talks Drama with Ashton Stevens', from the San Francisco Examiner, 30 January 1904; Abbreviations; Notes; Index.

From Our Editors

A master lyricist and wordsmith, William Butler Yeats was one of the 20th century's greatest poets. The first authorized biography of Yeats to appear in a generation, W.B. Yeats: A Life, Volume I: The Apprentice Mage covers the poet's first half-century of life. Exploring his attempts to reinvent himself as well as his role in the great cultural and political upheavals that transformed Ireland, this book was written with the support of his family. W.B. Yeats: A Life is a brilliant account of the public and private lives of the great poet.

Editorial Reviews

`he has shown a remarkable power of synthesis and one feels that a picture of the complexities that made up one of Europe's leading literary figures of his time unfolds. It is a work written with a literary polish which does tribute to Yeats and one eagerly awaits the second volume.'Seanchas Ard Mhacha: The Armagh Diocesan Historical Society, Vol 17, no 2, 1998