(Dwight Garner’s article appeared in the New York Times April 17, 2009.)
Celebrating Yeats, Revered for Verse, but Who Aspired to a Life in the Theater
William Butler Yeats, born in County Dublin, Ireland, won the Nobel Prize in 1923 and was almost certainly, as his biographer Richard Ellmann put it, “the dominant poet” of the first half of the 20th century.” But what Yeats really wanted to do was write plays.
“I believe myself to be a dramatist,” he declared in 1919. “I seem to myself most alive at the moment when a roomful of people have the one lofty emotion.” (Read more)
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