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Collected Works of W. B. Yeats #04: The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats: Volume IV: Early Essays

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The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume IV: Early Essays is part of a fourteen-volume series under the general editorship of eminent Yeats scholars George Bornstein and George Mills Harper. These volumes include virtually all of the Nobel laureate's published work, in authoritative texts with extensive explanatory notes.

Early Essays, edited by the internationally esteemed Yeats scholars George Bornstein and the late Richard J. Finneran, includes the contents of the two most important collections of Yeats's critical prose, Ideas of Good and Evil(1903) and The Cutting of an Agate(1912, 1919). Among the seminal essays are considerations of Blake, Shakespeare, Shelley, Spenser, and Synge, as well as an extended discussion of the Japanese Noh theatre. The first scholarly edition of these materials, Early Essays offers a corrected text and detailed annotation of all allusions. Several appendices gather materials from early printings which were later excluded, as well as illuminating black-and-white illustrations.

Early Essays is an essential sourcebook for understanding Yeats's career as both writer and literary critic, and for the development of modern poetry and criticism. Here, Yeats works out many of his key ideas on poetry, politics, and the theater. He gives interpretations of writers critical to his development and presents a compelling vision of Ireland and the modern world during the last decade of the nineteenth century and first two decades of the twentieth. As T. S. Eliot remarked, Yeats "was one of those few whose history is the history of their own time, who are a part of the consciousness of an age which cannot be understood without them." This volume displays a crucial part of that history.

Synopsis:

The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume IV: Early Essays is part of a fourteen-volume series under the general editorship of eminent Yeats scholars George Bornstein and George Mills Harper. These volumes include virtually all of the Nobel laureate's published work, in authoritative texts with extensive explanatory notes.

Early Essays, edited by the internationally esteemed Yeats scholars George Bornstein and the late Richard J. Finneran, includes the contents of the two most important collections of Yeats's critical prose, Ideas of Good and Evil(1903) and The Cutting of an Agate(1912, 1919). Among the seminal essays are considerations of Blake, Shakespeare, Shelley, Spenser, and Synge, as well as an extended discussion of the Japanese Noh theatre. The first scholarly edition of these materials, Early Essays offers a corrected text and detailed annotation of all allusions. Several appendices gather materials from early printings which were later excluded, as well as illuminating black-and-white illustrations.

Early Essays is an essential sourcebook for understanding Yeats's career as both writer and literary critic, and for the development of modern poetry and criticism. Here, Yeats works out many of his key ideas on poetry, politics, and the theater. He gives interpretations of writers critical to his development and presents a compelling vision of Ireland and the modern world during the last decade of the nineteenth century and first two decades of the twentieth. As T. S. Eliot remarked, Yeats "was one of those few whose history is the history of their own time, who are a part of the consciousness of an age which cannot be understood without them." This volume displays a crucial part of that history.

About the Author

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.The late Richard J. Finneran was general editor, with George Mills Harper, of The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats for many years; series editor of The Poems in the Cornell Yeats; and editor of Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies, among other works. He held the Hodges Chair of Excellence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; was a past president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association; and served as executive director of the Society for Textual Scholarship.George Bornstein has written five critical books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. A longtime student of material textuality, he has produced several major editions of modernist works, including two volumes on Yeats's early poetry for the Cornell Yeats Series and the collection Under the Moon: Unpublished Early Poetry by W. B. Yeats. He has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and serves as current president of the Society for Textual Scholarship. He is currently C. A. Patrides Professor of Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface and Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Illustrations

Editors' Introduction

Early Essays

IDEAS OF GOOD AND EVIL

1. What Is 'Popular Poetry'?

2. Speaking to the Psaltery

3. Magic

4. The Happiest of the Poets

5. The Philosophy of Shelley's Poetry

6. At Stratford-on-Avon

7. William Blake and the Imagination

8. William Blake and His Illustrations to The Divine Comedy

9. Symbolism in Painting

10. The Symbolism of Poetry

11. The Theatre

12. The Celtic Element in Literature

13. The Autumn of the Body

14. The Moods

15. The Body of the Father Christian Rosencrux

16. The Return of Ulysses

17. Ireland and the Arts

18. The Galway Plains

19. Emotion of Multitude

THE CUTTING OF AN AGATE

20. Certain Noble Plays of Japan

21. The Tragic Theatre

22. Poetry and Tradition

Discoveries

23. Prophet, Priest and King

24. Personality and the Intellectual Essences

25. The Musician and the Orator

26. A Guitar Player

27. The Looking-Glass

28. The Tree of Life

29. The Praise of Old Wives' Tales

30. The Play of Modern Manners

31. Has the Drama of Contemporary Life a Root of its Own?

32. Why the Blind Man in Ancient Times Was Made a Poet

33. Concerning Saints and Artists

34. The Subject Matter of Drama

35. The Two Kinds of Asceticism

36. In the Serpent's Mouth

37. The Black and the White Arrows

38. His Mistress's Eyebrows

39. The Tresses of the Hair

40. A Tower on the Apennines

41. The Thinking of the Body

42. Religious Belief Necessary to Religious Art

43. The Holy Places

44. Preface to the First Edition of The Well of the Saints

45. Preface to the First Edition of John M. Synge's Poems and Translations

46. J. M. Synge and the Ireland of His Time

47. John Shawe-Taylor

48. Art and Ideas

49. Edmund Spenser

Yeats's Prefaces and Dedication

Preface to The Cutting of an Agate (1912)

Preface to The Cutting of an Agate (1919, 1924)

Dedication of Essays (1924)

Appendices

A. A Chronological List of Essays by Date of First Publication

B. "The Pathway" (1900, 1908)

C. Omitted Section from "At Stratford-on-Avon"

D. Illustrations to Dante included in Periodical Version of "William Blake and His Illustrations to The Divine Comedy"

E. Omitted Passage from "Symbolism in Painting"

F. Omitted Passages from "The Return of Ulysses"

G. Conclusion to "The Tragic Theatre" in Plays for an Irish Theatre (1911)

H. Omitted Passage from "Preface to the First Edition of John M. Synge's Poems and Translations" (1909)

I. Preface to J. M. Synge and the Ireland of His Time (1911)

Textual Matters and Notes

A Note on the Text

Textual Emendations and Corrections

Background Notes on Frequently Cited Writers

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684807294
Author:
Yeats, W B
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Editor:
Finneran, Richard J.
Editor:
Bornstein, George
Author:
Bornstein, George
Author:
Yeats, William Butler
Author:
Finneran, Richard J.
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Collected Works of W. B. Yeats
Series Volume:
04
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume IV: Early Essays is part of a fourteen-volume series under the general editorship of eminent Yeats scholars George Bornstein and George Mills Harper. These volumes include virtually all of the Nobel laureate's published work, in authoritative texts with extensive explanatory notes.

Early Essays, edited by the internationally esteemed Yeats scholars George Bornstein and the late Richard J. Finneran, includes the contents of the two most important collections of Yeats's critical prose, Ideas of Good and Evil(1903) and The Cutting of an Agate(1912, 1919). Among the seminal essays are considerations of Blake, Shakespeare, Shelley, Spenser, and Synge, as well as an extended discussion of the Japanese Noh theatre. The first scholarly edition of these materials, Early Essays offers a corrected text and detailed annotation of all allusions. Several appendices gather materials from early printings which were later excluded, as well as illuminating black-and-white illustrations.

Early Essays is an essential sourcebook for understanding Yeats's career as both writer and literary critic, and for the development of modern poetry and criticism. Here, Yeats works out many of his key ideas on poetry, politics, and the theater. He gives interpretations of writers critical to his development and presents a compelling vision of Ireland and the modern world during the last decade of the nineteenth century and first two decades of the twentieth. As T. S. Eliot remarked, Yeats "was one of those few whose history is the history of their own time, who are a part of the consciousness of an age which cannot be understood without them." This volume displays a crucial part of that history.

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