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Lorene S.
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Austin, TX
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The Book we are starting off with is 'The Celtic Twilight' by William Butler Yeats.
This is one of the best-known collections of Yeats' prose; in it he explores the longstanding connection between the people of Ireland and the inhabitants of the land of Fairy. Yeats, who had profound mystic and visionary beliefs, writes with conviction of the reality of Fairies, both in his own experience, and in the everyday life of the Irish. This relatively short work serves as a way for readers to discover Yeats' powerful wordcraft and get an overview of Celtic Fairy lore and Worldview.
William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) was a poet, dramatist, senator, and 1923 Nobel laureate for literature. With Lady Gregory, he founded the Irish Theatre, which later became the Abbey Theatre, and wrote a number of folktale-influenced plays. He was a leader of the Celtic Revival movement, sometimes called the Celtic Twilight. Yeats is by turns esoteric, political, and mystical. But more than anything else he is Irish and his deep connection to the land, people, history, and mythology of Ireland shines in everything he wrote.
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