W. B. Yeats and George Yeats: The Letters

Hardcover | April 24, 2011

EditorAnn Saddlemyer

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During the twenty-two years of their married life, W. B. and George Yeats corresponded regularly and fully whenever they were apart. They discussed his writing and other projects, their family and friends, and the social, artistic, and political scene in Ireland and the United Kingdom in farmore detail than with anyone else. Both were splendid and enchanting storytellers. This edition includes 149 letters from George, 436 from W. B., and 29 written to their children. Anne, who lived at home, preserved 22 from her father and several important ones from her mother; when both her parentswere away. The letters include fascinating drafts of poems, statements of belief, candid descriptions of people and events, and in some cases offer biographical and historical corrections to the popular narrative of Yeats's life. Like Oscar Wilde, Yeats frequently practised a phrase or an anecdote to providethe best effect in his correspondence. And not for nothing would he write to his wife, 'you are much the best letter writer I know, or have known'. The letters between them not only tell the story of the marriage of two minds and the world they created, but also illuminate how Yeats worked on hiswriting and reveal a refreshing image of the poet as a family man.

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During the twenty-two years of their married life, W. B. and George Yeats corresponded regularly and fully whenever they were apart. They discussed his writing and other projects, their family and friends, and the social, artistic, and political scene in Ireland and the United Kingdom in farmore detail than with anyone else. Both were ...

A Canadian by birth, Ann Saddlemyer has published extensively on Irish and Canadian theatre and edited the plays of J.M.Synge, Lady Gregory and the letters between the founding Directors of the Abbey theatre. Her most recent publication is the authorized biography of Mrs W B Yeats. She has taught at the University of Victoria, Britis...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198184387

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsNote on Editorial PrinciplesManuscript SourcesAbbreviations and Short FormsGeneral IntroductionThe LettersPart One1913-1917Part TwoFamily Matters 1918-21Part ThreeA Home in Ireland 1922-24Part FourCuala and Theatre Business 1925-27Part FiveChanges 1928-33Part SixAdjustments 1934-36Part SevenEndings 1937-39Post ScriptIndex of NamesGeneral Index