The Life of W. B. Yeats: A Critical Biography
January 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
Preface and Acknowledgements.
Prologue: Sindbad's Yellow Shore.
1. Victorian Cities: London and Dublin.
2. The English 1890s.
3. Poems 1895.
4. Conflicts and Crises.
5. Patronage and Powers.
6. An Irish Ireland.
7. The Strong Enchanter.
8. The Mid-Life Mask.
9. Darkened Rooms.
10. The Lonely Height.
11. All Changed.
12. Occult Marriage.
13. The Weasel's Tooth.
14. Senator and Seer.
15. Visionary Modernist.
16. Home and Abroad.
17. An Old Man's Frenzy.
18. Stroke of Midnight.
Select Bibliography and Guide to Further Reading.
- Considers all Yeats's major works as poet and dramatist in the contexts in which they were written and published.
- Provides a deep appreciation of the poet's occult knowledge, power and spiritualist illumination.
"This is a wonderful critical history, meticulously providing a
full context in time and place for all of Yeats's writings."The
Brown is especially good at showing how Yeats constructed his
volumes of poetry as a 'work in progress', and at rooting his
acheivements in the venemous politics of Dublin culture
wars."New York Times Book Review
"The work is fascinating and a pleasure to read, Brown an
illuminating and companiable guide."John McGahern, The Irish
"One of the many splendid qualities of Terence Brown's recent
biography is its critical appreciation of the poet's extraordinary
cultural accomplishments within the broader context of a
brilliantly rendered political and social history of modern
"Brown's book is nonetheless the finest single-volume biography of the Irish poet since the publication of Richard Ellmann's seminal Yeats: The Man and the Masks in 1948." Reason
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