William Butler Yeats, The Tower

The Tower by W.B. Yeats My rating: 5 of 5 stars In my review of Seamus Heaney's Death of a Naturalist, I casually referred to "Yeatsian idealism," to contrast the earlier poet's elite modernism with Heaney's later and more modest poetic of the turf and bog. Facility with such phrases as "Yeatsian idealism" is the … Continue reading William Butler Yeats, The Tower

On the Survival of Writers’ Reputations

Ted Gioia, introducing his reconsideration of John Fowles: Here’s the truest test. Wait until ten years after their death, and see if anyone still talks about their books. You need a decade for the hype to dissipate, for the eulogies to fade from readers’ memories. Class reading lists have now been updated. The old book … Continue reading On the Survival of Writers’ Reputations