The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats Vol II: The Plays

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 960 pages
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The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume II: The Plays is part of a fourteen-volume series under the general editorship of eminent Yeats scholars Richard J. Finneran and George Mills Harper. This complete edition includes virtually all of the Nobel laureate's published work, in authoritative texts and with extensive explanatory notes.

The Plays, edited by David R. Clark and Rosalind E. Clark, is the first-ever complete collection of Yeats's plays that honors the order in which the plays first appeared. It provides the latest and most accurate texts in Yeats's lifetime, as well as extensive editorial notes and emendations.

Though best known as one of the most important poets of the twentieth century, from the beginning of his career William Butler Yeats understood the value of his plays and his poetry to be the same. In 1923, when he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature, Yeats suggested that "perhaps the English committees would never have sent you my name if I had written no plays...if my lyric poetry had not a quality of speech practiced on the stage." Indeed, Yeats's great achievement in poetry should not be allowed to obscure his impressive and innovative accomplishments as a dramatist.

In The Plays, David and Rosalind Clark have restored the plays to the final order in which Yeats planned for them to be published. This volume opens with Yeats's introduction for an unpublished Scribner collection and encompasses all of his dramatic work, from The Countess Cathleen to The Death of Cuchulain.

The Plays
enables readers to see clearly, for the first time, the ways in which Yeats's very different dramatic forms evolved over the course of his life, and to appreciate fully the importance of drama in the oeuvre of this greatest of modern poets.
 

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Contents

Freface
9
Abbreviations
15
An Introduction for My Plays 1937
23
The Land of Hearts Desire 1894
65
Cathleen Ni Houlihan 1902
83
The HourGlass prose 1903
95
The Pot of Broth 1904
109
The Kings Threshold 1904
121
Sophocles King Oedipus 1928
369
Sophocles Oedipus at Colonus 1934
401
Wheels and Butterflies More Plays for Dancers 1934
443
The King of the Great Clock Tower 1934
493
A Full Moon in March 1935
501
The Hemes Egg 1938
509
Purgatory 1938
537
The Death of Cuchulain 1939
545

On Bailes Strand 1904
151
Deirdre 1907
175
The Unicorn From the Stars 1908
201
The Green Helmet 1910
241
The Shadowy Waters 1911 The HourGlass verse 1914 257 275
257
Four Plays for Dancers 1921
295
The Player Queen 1922
337
Additional Plays
555
Where There Is Nothing 1902
609
A Yeatss Notes for the Unpublished Edition de Luxe
673
Notes to Appendix B Explanatory Notes 821
821
Textual Notes
935
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William Butler Yeats is generally considered to be Ireland’s greatest poet, living or dead, and one of the most important literary figures of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923.

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