Yeats: The Man and the Masks

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1949 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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The most influential poet of his age, Yeats eluded the grasp of many who sought to explain him. In this classic critical examination of the poet, Richard Ellmann strips away the masks of his subject: occultist, senator of the Irish Free State, libidinous old man, and Nobel Prize winner.
  

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User Review  - Elaine Campbell - Goodreads

This biography is not up to par with the author's biographical work on Joyce, considered to be one of the best biographies ever written, and with which I concur. One of the reasons for this is that ... Read full review

Review: Yeats: The Man and the Masks

User Review  - Terri Dowell-dennis - Goodreads

Put down half way through. It get laborious as it develops the nuances (and I do mean nuances) of how Yeats' style develops. May come back later. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
FATHERS AND SONS
7
THE PRELUDE
22
CLOUD AND FOAM
41
COMBATING THE MATERIALISTS
58
Two SlDES OF A PENNY
73
MICHAEL ROBARTES AND THE GOLDEN DAWN
89
OWEN AHERNE AND THE NATIONALISTS
102
A NEW DIVISION
164
TOWARDS HARMONY
188
ALL CHANGED CHANGED UTTERLY
209
THE FLOWERING OF A DREAM
223
SAILING TO BYZANTIUM
244
XVLT RIGHT MASTERY OF NATURAL THINGS
261
REALITY
277
CONCLUSION
290

SEARCH FOR UNITY
118
MAKING A STYLE
138
THE END OF YOUTH
157
NOTES
299
INDEX
327
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About the author (1949)

Richard Ellmann was Goldsmiths' Professor at Oxford University and Woodruff Professor at Emory University. He achieved world fame for his biography of Joyce and wrote many scholarly and critical works, including two on Yeats.

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