W.B. Yeats: The apprentice mage, 1865-1914

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Oxford University Press, 1997 - Authors, Irish - 640 pages
In the first authorized biography of W.B. Yeats for over fifty years, Roy Foster brings new light to one of the most complex and fascinating lives of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Working from a great archive of personal and contemporary material, he dramatically alters traditional perceptions to illuminate the poet's family history, relationships, politics and art. The search for supernatural wisdom forms a constant thread, traced through Yeats' occult notebooks and closely related to the insecurities of his personal life. The Apprentice Mage charts the growth of a poet's mind and of an astonishing personality, both of which were instrumental in the formation of a new and radicalized Irish nationalist identity.

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W.B. YEATS: A Life: Vol. I: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914

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Instead of offering another biographic gloss of Yeats's poetry, historian Foster (Irish History/Oxford; Paddy and Mr. Punch, 1994, etc.) concentrates on the young poet's many personae: journalist ... Read full review

The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914 (W. B. Yeats a Life Vol. 1)

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Like a youth groomed for greatness, Foster (Paddy and Mr. Punch, Viking 1994) begins the first part of his two-volume biography of Yeats by thanking the literary parents it means to surpass ... Read full review

About the author (1997)

Born in Waterford, Ireland, R. F. Foster is the Carroll Builders Professor of Irish History at Hertford College, Oxford. He is the author of Modern Ireland, the standard history, and an acclaimed biography of Yeats.

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