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Yeats's Ghosts: The Secret Life of W.B. Yeats Paperback – September 19, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (September 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060985046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060985042
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,707,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An astonishing accomplishment…the best account we have of Yeats's tricky private life…a complex, elegant delight." -- -- Literary Review

"Sparkling, racy, but always carefully considered." -- -- Sunday Times

"Will throw new light on Yeats...the work of a highly-respected journalist and biographer." -- -- The Irish Times

A riveting portrait of Yeats.

-- -- Hartford Courant

Sensible, discreet, and brisk. . . . Well done. -- --Boston Sunday Globe

Sympathetic and humane. . . . A blithe, energetic, jolly debunking operation. . . . a vivid story . . . with rational humor. . . . This is a funny book. -- -- New York Times Book Review

This biography, rich with insight and feminist perspective, will inform future discourse about the literary figure . . . -- --Book

About the Author

Brenda Maddox is an award-winning biographer whose work has been translated into ten languages. Nora: A Biography of Nora Joyce, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography, the Silver PEN Award, and the French Prix du Mailleur Livre Etranger. Her life of D. H. Lawrence won the Whitbread Biography Award in 1974, and Yeats's Ghosts, on the married life of W. B. Yeats, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 1998. She has been Home Affairs Editor for the Economist, has served as chairman of the Association of British Science Writers and is a member of the Royal Society's Science and Society Committee. She lives in London and Mid-Wales.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelli K. Sako on May 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
While I enjoyed the book, it seemed to go a little more in detail at times than I would like. Some things could have used simpler explanations and some things could have used more. More about his children and family would've been nice too. All in all I found it to be very enlightening. And I also found on page 353 on his views surrounding eugenics and the degeneration of society the seeds of the movie Idiocracy. And he's been thinking this since 1900!! Enjoyable book but only for those who really love the poet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Dossey on April 18, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book focuses on the sex life of WB Yeats in the latter half of his life. There is great detail here of Yeats's relationships with women; as well as discussion on how his sexuality may have infused his poems. I found this detail at times tedious, as well as the section on Georgia Yeats's (his wife) automatic writing. The writing appears well researched (tho I am no expert). A few times the author employs that worn out Freudian analysis of his writing...I mean really in this age? I suppose he chose his Norman Tower because of its phallic architecture??!!....The depth of this perspective is a bit much, nonetheless I did learn a lot about Yeats especially in his latter years.....
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Earl D. Brogan on December 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Isn't this the same book published under the title of George's Ghosts in the UK in 1999? Given the approach the author takes, I find that a much more suitable title.
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