The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats

  • by Compiled by John Kavanagh
  • Narrated by Jim Norton, Denys Hawthorne, Nicholas Boulton, Marcella Riordan
  • 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

William Butler Yeats remains one of the most popular poets of the 20th century.
"The Lake Isle of Innisfree," "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven," "Down by the Salley Gardens," "The Secret Rose": these are just a few of the poems that made William Butler Yeats an international figure. Born in Dublin in 1865, Yeats drew strength from the Irish tradition, as can be seen in this special audiobook, which presents the most important poems in the context of his life and ambitions.
His poetic urgency was fuelled by an active and varied life, as he gained his inspiration from the men and women he knew, classical sources, and contemporary politics.


Audible Editor Reviews

Narrators Jim Norton and Denys Hawthorn make this compilation of W.B. Yeats’s life and poetry a listening joy. From the lovely tenor voice that opens the audiobook to the recitation of many of the most beloved of the poet’s offerings, listeners will be enthralled. As well as providing captivating interpretations of individual poems, Norton and Hawthorn deliver the prose with equal passion without ever overdramatizing. They keep the biographical aspects engrossing as they detail the events in Yeats’s life that influenced his poetry. Top-notch listening for poetry lovers and those new to Yeats and the Irish tradition. 2003 Audie Award Finalist


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Customer Reviews

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Enlightening on all aspects of his life and work

Would you consider the audio edition of The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the audio mainly for the reading of his life and poetry and the music was an added bonus. If you miss the pictures that a book would have, there is always the internet.

What other book might you compare The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats to and why?

The Husband lives of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. It compares favourably.

What about Jim Norton and Denys Hawthorne ’s performance did you like?

Top class performances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- Carol

very well produced

A smart, if limited selection of poems, mostly early Yeats, staged and spoken very capably.
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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2004
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks