History

The Poet As Politician

The ideological odyssey of W.B. Yeats

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The Life of W.B. Yeats, by Terence Brown, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 384 pages, $39.50

W.B. Yeats: A Life: The Apprentice Mage, 1865-1914, by R.F. Foster, New York: Oxford University Press, 672 pages, $21.50

Yeats's Ghosts: The Secret Life of W.B. Yeats, by Brenda Maddox, New York: HarperPerennial, 496 pages, $16