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W.B. Yeats, The Windind Stair and Other Poems


Introduction and notes by George Bornstein
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W. B. Yeats's The Winding Stair and Other Poems was published in 1933 when Yeats was sixty-eight, ten years after he won the Nobel Prize and six years before his death in 1939. Yeats famously invoked in "Adam's Curse" the time he spent "stitching and unstitching" the lines of his work, but he also spent considerable time stitching and unstitching his poems to each other. The Winding Stair demonstrates that care, combining and reordering the poems of two earlier publications in an edition intended as the companion volume to The Tower, published in 1928.

This Scribner facsimile edition reproduces exactly the pages of the elegantly planned and designed first edition of The Winding Stair and Other Poems as it first appeared, including a photo of the cover design on which Yeats collaborated. It adds an introduction and notes by celebrated Yeats scholar George Bornstein.

Yeats's longest separate volume of verse, it features sixty-four poems written in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Among them are such masterpieces as "Blood and the Moon," "Byzantium," the Coole Park poems, "Vacillation," and two separately titled long sequences ending with the exquisite lyric "From the 'Antigone.'" These poems amply justify T. S. Eliot's contention that Yeats was one of the few poets "whose history is the history of their own time, who are a part of the consciousness of an age which cannot be understood without them."

All recent publications by George Bornstein

  •  The Wild Swans at Coole: A Facsimile Edition Rate this book 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars The Wild Swans at Coole: A Facsimile Edition
  • W.B. Yeats, The Windind Stair and Other Poems
  • The Colors of Zion: Blacks, Jews, and Irish from 1845 to 1945

All publications by George Bornstein

The Colors of Zion: Blacks, Jews, and Irish From 1845 to 1945 (Harvard University Press, 2011); W. B. Yeats: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, a Facsimile Edition (Scribner, 2011); W. B. Yeats: Early Essays, v. 4 of The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats (Scribner, 2007); Material Modernism: The Politics of the Page (Cambridge University Press, 2001). The Iconic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture (University of Michigan Press, 1998); W.B. Yeats: Under the Moon, The Unpublished Early Poetry (Scribner, 1995); Contemporary German Editorial Theory (University of Michigan Press, 1995); W.B. Yeats: The Early Poetry, v. 2 (Cornell University Press, 1994); Palimpsest: Editorial Theory in the Humanities (University of Michigan Press, 1993); Representing Modernist Texts: Editing as Interpretation (University of Michigan Press, 1991); W.B. Yeats: Letters to the New Island, v. 7 of The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats (Macmillan Publishing Company, 1990); Poetic Remaking: The Art of Browning, Yeats, and Pound (Penn State Press, 1988); W.B. Yeats: The Early Poetry, v.1 (Cornell University Press, 1987); Ezra Pound Among the Poets (University of Chicago Press, 1985); Yeats: An Annual (co-editor, Cornell University Press, 1985); Romantic and Modern: Reevaluations of Literary Tradition (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1977); The Postromantic Consciousness of Ezra Pound (University of Victoria ELS Literary Monograph Series, 1977); Transformations of Romanticism in Yeats, Eliot, and Stevens (University of Chicago Press, 1976); Yeats and Shelley (University of Chicago Press, 1970).

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