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W. B. Yeats: A New Biography


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Norman Jeffares is an authority on Yeats and Anglo-Irish literary traditions. He was formerly Professor of English at the University of Stirling.


This ``new biography'' is a complete rewrite of Jeffares's W.B. Yeats: Man and Poet (Yale Univ. Pr., 1949). The new book incorporates material that has become available over the past 40 years, giving us an ample and convincing account of Yeats's personal and public lives. His development as a poet, however, is treated more fully in Richard Ellmann's Yeats: The Man and the Masks (Macmillan, 1948; Norton, 1978. rev. ed.), which remains the best critical biography. Jeffares's book is notable for its strong narrative line and its unmatched gathering of 150 superb photographs and drawings. The best general introduction to Yeats's life currently available, it belongs in all academic and public libraries.-- Michael Hennessy, Southwest Texas State Univ., San Marcos

"This is an entirely generous book by an entirely generous scholar." Barbara Hayley, The Irish Times
"Professor Jeffares's biography not only takes the complications of a complicated man in its stride, but actually delights in them. . . . There are other admirable studies of W.B. Yeats, but none, I think, quite as comprehensive as this skilful evocation." William Trevor, The Guardian
."..this fine book details the life of Yeats from birth to death in an honest, straight-forward manner If you are curious as to why this man's poetry was popular to some jazz musicians and beat poets, this book will reveal Yeats in total...An enjoyable book, full of facts." Lee Prosser,, 9/27/02

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