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Words Alone: Yeats and His Inheritances
 
 
Author
R.F. Foster.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780199592166
Pages/Publication Date 236/2011
Daedalus Item Code 32825
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The author of a two-volume biography of W.B. Yeats that was hailed in the New York Review of Books as "a triumph of scholarship, thought, and empathy such as one would hardly have thought possible in this age of disillusion," Oxford Irish history professor Roy Foster here turns his focus to the largely unacknowledged influences that shaped the young Yeats. So dramatic and revolutionary was Yeats's impact on Irish literature that the writers and traditions that preceded him are often overlooked, just as his successors are often overshadowed by his achievement. In Words Alone, Foster explores the Irish literary traditions that Yeats grew up with, including romantic "national tales" in post-Union Ireland and Scotland, the nationalist poetry and polemic of the Young Ireland movement, the occult and supernatural fictions of Sheridan LeFanu, the "peasant fictions" of William Carleton, and the fairy lore and folktale collections of his childhood. Foster then discusses recent critical and interpretive approaches to these phenomena. But the unifying theme throughout the book is the self-conscious use Yeats made of his literary predecessors during his own apprenticeship, particularly in the construction of his pathbreaking early work. T.S. Eliot famously observed that Yeats was "part of the consciousness of an age which cannot be understood without him," and Foster shows the many ways that Yeats both shaped and was shaped by the age in which he lived.
 
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