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Yeat's Ghosts: The Secret Life of W.B. Yeats

ISBN 10: 0060174943 / 0-06-017494-3
ISBN 13: 9780060174941
Publisher: Harpercollins
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:

Armed new information and a sharp feminine perspective, Maddox explores Yeats' public career in Ireland, his sexual rejuvenation, and his obsession with younger women--and relates them all to the triumph of his later poetry. Illustrations.


Review:

"Maddox weaves a racy story filled with humor and perspicacity....[and] gives a multilayered picture of this complex man....By concentrating on what might seem the more secular matters, Maddox's book makes us reflect on the staggering contrast between Yeats's life and his poetry, between his conscious and his unconscious, on the disparity between a mind that brooded on Leda's mystery yet pitched love's 'mansion in the place of excrement.'"

Edna O'Brien, New Yorker, 09/27/1999

Review:

"Maddox is a brave and stern interrogator of the imposing Yeats, as well as a scrupulous, exacting and well-qualified one....[She] knows her way around modernism's bedchambers and psychic inner sanctums as well as anybody....What unfolds here from [her] original speculation on Yeats' family psychodrama is an intriguing blow-by-blow of 'the devastation of his relations with women.'....'The foul rag and bone shop of the heart,' famous emblem of hard-won realism in Yeats' late poetry, here takes on a human face, and it's not pretty. Maddox is an adroit biographer, with a real gift for the readable orchestration of facts to a purpose and the good sense to deliver her best material in a dry, understated tone....Maddox's Yeats-as-damaged-son, forever 'torn by primitive jealousies he had long fought to bury,' keeps returning in these pages to haunt his dealings with the women and the persistent ghosts in his life. Before Brenda Maddox's book, that misty double-dealing was never seen quite so plain."

Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, 10/31/1999

 
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