Released on 13 Dec 2012
“This richly atmospheric book both complicates and enhances our view of history and Yeats's place in it” - The Independent
"[Foster's] Yeatsian backward look proves irresistible." - Times Literary Supplement
W.B. Yeats is seen as a great innovator who put his stamp so decisively on modern Irish literature that most of his successors worked in his shadow. In this eloquent and authoritative book R.F. Foster weaves together literature and history to present an alternative perspective, placing literary movements in a vivid contemporary context of politics, polemic and social tension. Words Alone explores formation of the unique and powerful Yeatsian voice of the decade, charting such influences as the ‘national tales’ in post-Union Ireland, the poetry of the Young Ireland Movement, and the occult and supernatural novels of Sheridan LeFanu. Setting this alongside recent critical and interpretive approaches to these phenomena, Foster shows how Yeat’s self-conscious use of Irish literary tradition made him an inheritor as much as an inventor.
978-0-19-964165-9 | paperback £9.99 | 13th December 2012
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