Yeats's Mask - Yeats Annual No. 19

Yeats's Mask - Yeats Annual No. 19 Margaret Mills Harper and Warwick Gould (eds.)
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The admirable Yeats Annual [...] a powerful base of biographical and textual knowledge. Since 1982 the vade mecum of Yeats.
—Bernard O-Donoghue, The Times Literary Supplement

Yeats’s Mask, Yeats Annual No. 19
is a special issue in this renowned research-level series. Fashionable in the age of Wilde, the Mask changes shape until it emerges as Mask in the system of A Vision. Chronologically tracing the concept through Yeats’s plays and those poems written as ‘texts for exposition’ of his occult thought which flowers in A Vision itself (1925 and 1937), the volume also spotlights ‘The Mask before The Mask’ numerous plays including Cathleen Ni-Houlihan, The King’s Threshold, Calvary, The Words upon the Window-pane, A Full Moon in March and The Death of Cuchulain. There are excurses into studies of Yeats’s friendship with the Oxford don and cleric, William Force Stead, his radio broadcasts, the Chinese contexts for his writing of ‘Lapis Lazuli’. His self-renewal after The Oxford Book of Modern Verse, and the key occult epistolary exchange ‘Leo Africanus’, edited from MSS by Steve L. Adams and George Mills Harper, is republished from the elusive Yeats Annual No. 1 (1982).

The essays are by David Bradshaw, Michael Cade-Stewart, Aisling Carlin, Warwick Gould, Margaret Mills Harper, Pierre Longuenesse, Jerusha McCormack, Neil Mann, Emilie Morin, Elizabeth Müller and Alexandra Poulain, with shorter notes by Philip Bishop and Colin Smythe considering Yeats’s quatrain upon remaking himself and the pirate editions of The Land of Heart’s Desire. Ten reviews focus on various volumes of the Cornell Yeats MSS Series, his correspondence with George Yeats, and numerous critical studies.

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Yeats’s Mask: Yeats Annual No. 19
Margaret Mills Harper and Warwick Gould (eds.) | December 2013
xiii + 453 | 25 b&w illustrations | 5.5'' x 8.5'' (216 x 140 mm)
Yeats Annual, vol. 19 | ISSN: 0278-7687 (Print); 2054-3611 (Online)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783740178
ISBN Hardback: 9781783740185
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783740192
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783740208
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783740215
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0038
Subject codes: DSC (Literary studies: poetry & poets), LIT014000 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry), LIT004120 (LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh)


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List of Illustrations
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Editorial Board
Notes on the Contributors
Editors’ Introduction
Acknowledgements and Editorial Information

YEATS’S MASK
The Mask before The Mask
WARWICK GOULD

The King’s Threshold, Calvary, The Death of Cuchulain: Yeats’s Passion Plays
ALEXANDRA POULAIN

To ‘make others see my dream as I had seen it’: Yeats’s Aesthetics in Cathleen ni Houlihan
AISLING CARLIN

‘Oxford Poets’: Yeats, T. S. Eliot and William Force Stead
DAVID BRADSHAW

Playing with Voices and with Doubles in Two of Yeats’s Plays: The Words upon the Window-pane and A Full Moon in March
PIERRE LONGUENESSE

The Mask of Derision in Yeats’s Prologue to A Vision (1937)
ELIZABETH MÜLLER

A Vision and Yeats’s Late Masks
MARGARET MILLS HARPER

The Mask of A Vision
NEIL MANN

‘I beg your pardon?’: W. B. Yeats, Audibility and Sound Transmission
EMILIE MORIN

Mask and Robe: Yeats’s Oxford Book of Modern Verse (1936) and New Poems (1938)
MICHAEL CADE-STEWART

The Poem on the Mountain: A Chinese Reading of Yeats’s ‘Lapis Lazuli’
JERUSHA McCORMACK

The Manuscript of ‘Leo Africanus’, Reprinted from Yeats Annual 1
edited by STEVE L. ADAMS and GEORGE MILLS HARPER

SHORTER NOTES
‘My Dear Miss Brachvogel...’ A Ms Version of a Yeats Quatrain
PHILIP R. BISHOP

The Land Of Heart’s Desire: Some Hitherto Unrecorded Printings – ‘Work in Progress’
COLIN SMYTHE

Wheels and Butterflies: Title, Structure, Cover Design
WARWICK GOULD

REVIEWS
W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, Where there is Nothing and The Unicorn from the Stars: Manuscript Materials, ed. Wim Van Mierlo
RICHARD ALLEN CAVE

The King’s Threshold: Manuscript Materials, edited by Declan Kiely
RICHARD ALLEN CAVE

W. B. Yeats, At The Hawk’s Well and The Cat and the Moon: Manuscript Materials, ed. Andrew Parkin
RICHARD ALLEN CAVE

Karen E. Brown, The Yeats Circle, Verbal and Visual Relations in Ireland, 1880–1939
TOM WALKER

W. B. Yeats and George Yeats, The Letters ed. Ann Saddlemyer; W. B. Yeats’s ‘A Vision’: Explications and Contexts, ed. Neil Mann, Matthew Gibson and Claire Nally
LAUREN ARRINGTON

Sean Pryor, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound and the Poetry of Paradise
STODDARD MARTIN

Writings on Literature and Art: G. W. Russell – A.E., edited and with an Introduction by Peter Kuch
NICHOLAS ALLEN

Joseph M. Hassett, W. B. Yeats and the Muses
MICHAEL CADE-STEWART

Michael McAteer, Yeats and European Drama
TARA STUBBS

R. F. Foster, Words Alone: Yeats and his Inheritances
GERALDINE HIGGINS

PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED

Margaret Mills Harper is Glucksman Professor of Contemporary Writing in English at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She is the author of Wisdom of Two: the Spiritual and Literary Collaboration of George and W. B. Yeats (2006) and The Aristocracy of Art: James Joyce and Thomas Wolfe (1990). She has co-edited two of the four volumes of Yeats’s "Vision” Papers (1992 and 2001). With Catherine Paul, she has edited A Vision (1925) and is now preparing A Vision (1937) for The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats (2008 and 2014).

Warwick Gould
is Emeritus Professor of English Literature in the University of London and founding Director of its Institute of English Studies. He has edited Yeats Annual since 1983, a Series that, starting with Vol. 18, The Living Stream, was published in Open Access format by OBP. Warwick is co-author of Joachim of Fiore and the Myth of the Eternal Evangel in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (1988, rev. 2001), and co-editor of The Secret Rose, Stories by W. B. Yeats: A Variorum Edition (1981, rev. 1992), The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats, Volume II, 1896–1900 (1997), and Mythologies (2005).