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3.0 out of 5 stars A Qualified Triumph, 8 Sept. 2011
This review is from: W. B. Yeats: A Life , Vol. 2: The Arch-Poet 1915-1939: Arch-poet 1915-1939 v. 2 (Hardcover)
I have ambivalent feelings about this book. On the one hand, it is beautifully written and Foster's identification with Yeats means that it has a great deal of vitality. It is also a classic of historical analysis...

On the other hand, I find it deeply problematic in its whitewashing of Yeats' deeply disturbing political views, especially from the mid-1930s onwards. Anyone who doubts the repellent nature of these politics should read Yeats pamphlet On The Boiler which contains some extremely sinister passages...

I would suggest reading W.j.McCormack's Blood Kindred or Terence Brown 's biography of Yeats as an antidote to the glossing over of Yeats ugly attitude towards eugenics and violence. An admiration for Yeats poetry should not entail a willingness to excuse his often ugly reactionary and elitist views.
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