"The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume VIII: The Irish Dramatic Movement" is part of a fourteen-volume series under the general editorship of eminent Yeats scholars Richard J. Finneran and George Mills Harper. This complete edition includes virtually all of the Nobel laureate's published work, in authoritative texts and with extensive ...
"The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume VIII: The Irish Dramatic Movement" is part of a fourteen-volume series under the general editorship of eminent Yeats scholars Richard J. Finneran and George Mills Harper. This complete edition includes virtually all of the Nobel laureate's published work, in authoritative texts and with extensive explanatory notes. Edited by the distinguished Yeats scholars Mary FitzGerald and Richard J. Finneran, "The Irish Dramatic Movement" gathers together -- for the first time -- all of the poet's time-honored essays on drama and the groundbreaking movement that led to the enduring Irish theater of today. Although the reputation of W. B. Yeats as one of the preeminent writers of the twentieth century rests primarily on his poetry, drama and the theatre were among his abiding concerns. Indeed, in 1917 he wrote, "I need a theatre; I believe myself to be a dramatist." Here in this volume is the collection of all his major dramatic criticism for the years 1899-1919, including previously uncollected material. A practicing dramatist himself, Yeats had strong convictions about the goals of the Irish theater and the appropriate plays to be produced. The essays in this collection address many topics, from the turbulent early years of what became the Abbey Theatre to the controversies over the plays of John Millington Synge and the relationship between drama and nationalism. Also evident are Yeats's judgments on numerous plays, playwrights, and productions, both in Irish and in English. FitzGerald and Finneran's volume includes an Introduction and a History of the Text, as well as copious but unobtrusive annotation. "The Irish Dramatic Movement" is an essential volume for both readers of Yeats and students of the early years of twentieth-century theater.
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A fine copy in near fine dust jacket (with publisher's cancel price sticker on front flap). (YEATS, W. B.). THE IRISH DRAMATIC MOVEMENT by Una Ellis-Fermor. Octavo, cloth, pp. xvii, (241), [i]. "A study of the early years of the [Irish dramatic] movement, from 1899 to 1911, with a brief concluding survey of later developments, until the 1940's...the book is not a history, but a critical study of the dramatic work of W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, Synge, their contemporaries and a few of their successors..." (from the dust jacket). First published in 1939, the author has made some corrections to the text, and extended the final chapter, for this second edition (which was issued in 1954, and re-issued here in 1964). Contains chapters devoted to W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, J. M. Synge et al.
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