Yeats the Playwright: A Commentary on Character and Design in the Major Plays

Yeats the Playwright: A Commentary on Character and Design in the Major Plays

Yeats the Playwright: A Commentary on Character and Design in the Major Plays

Yeats the Playwright: A Commentary on Character and Design in the Major Plays

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Since my first book on Yeats was published sixteen years ago I have learnt much from many distinguished students of Yeats's poetry; but to Birgit Bjersby (The Interpretation of the Cuchulain Legend in the Works of W. B. Yeats), Giorgio Melchiori (articles later incorporated in his The Whole Mystery of Art), Thomas Parkinson (W. B. Yeats: Self-Critic), and F. A. C. Wilson (W. B. Yeats and Tradition), all of whom have written at length on the plays, I am more particularly indebted in the writing of this book. I regret that Mr. Wilson second book, Yeats's Iconography appeared after the greater part of my work was done, as did an excellent brief account, with superb illustrations, by D. J. Gordon and Ian Fletcher, in W. B. Yeats: Images of a Poet. Some portions of this book (Chapter I in part, Chapter III, Chapter VI, and a section of Chapter VII) have appeared previously in periodicals and I am grateful to the editors and publishers of The Modern Language Review, English Studies, The Review of English Studies, and The Huntington Library Quarterly for permission to revise and reprint them. Thanks are due to the following for permission to reprint copyright material: Mrs. W. B. Yeats and Messrs. Macmillan and Co. for passages from the works of W. B. Yeats; Mrs. Yeats and Rupert Hart-Davis for passages from The Letters of W. B. Yeats, edited by Allan Wade; Messrs. Faber and Faber for a passage from The Translations of Ezra Pound.

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