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This is an auction for W B YEATS - A LIFE by R F Foster.

Two volumes:

* THE APPRENTICE MAGE 1865-1914 (large format OUP paperback 1998; 640 pages + photographs; good condition) - "Roy Foster brings new light to one of the most complex and fascinating lives of the late 19th and early 20th 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."

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* THE ARCH-POET 1915-1939 (OUP hardback 2003; 798 pages + photographs; very good condition) - "The eagerly awaited second volume of Roy Foster's magisterial biography of W.B. Yeats explores the complex poetic, political, and personal intricacies of Yeats's dramatic final decades, a period that saw the Easter Rebellion, the founding of the Irish state in 1922, and the production of Yeats's greatest masterpieces. Foster brilliantly illuminates the circumstances that shaped the great poetry of Yeats's later years. Yeats's pursuit of Irish nationalism and an independent Irish culture, his continued search for supernatural truths through occult experimentation, his extraordinary marriage, a series of tempestuous love affairs, and his lingering obsession with Maud Gonne are all explored here with a nuance and awareness rare in literary biography."

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect these books from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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