W.B. Yeats: The Man and the Milieu

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Clarkson Potter, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 388 pages
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Keith Alldritt gives us a lively telling of Yeats's story that puts the poet in the context of his times, from the high Victorian era to the modernism of the thirties. Alldritt reveals that Yeats was not just "the sensitive introvert who began as the mooning dreamer and after a lifetime seeking philosophical and hermetic wisdom, ended as the learned sage" that Yeats himself and his biographers would have us believe. He shows us a less familiar man: "a dedicated careerist, an ambitious man of determined self-interest, a seeker after social standing, and a combative man with a violent temper that sustained him in many nasty quarrels." Yeats's long, passionate, and physically unrequited love affair with the beautiful Irish nationalist Maud Gonne, which led to some of his most poignant poetry, is brought vividly to life. Also covered in some detail are Yeats's numerous love affairs in the years before his death. Though condoned by his wife, they have not been explored in previous biographies out of respect for her feelings. In his years of research, Alldritt visited libraries worldwide. He was given special access to Yeats's private papers in the National Library of Ireland and interviewed many people who knew or are knowledgeable about Yeats, most notably Yeats's daughter, Anne.

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W.B. YEATS: The Man and The Milieu

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

With no new ground to break in either personal life or historical context, Alldritt's perspective on Yeats as ``calculating dreamer'' and ``clubman'' is fairly mundane. Faced with William Butler Yeats ... Read full review

W. B. Yeats: the man and the milieu

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Perhaps because it must compete with the recently published first volume of R.F. Foster's W.B. Yeats: A Life (LJ 4/1/97), this shorter work attempts to set itself apart chiefly by debunking what it ... Read full review


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