The Influence of Oscar Wilde on W.B. Yeats

"An Echo of Someone Else’s Music"

Authors: Doody, Noreen

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  • Examines the relationship between Wilde and Yeats for the first time across a book-length study
  • Argues that the image and concepts of Oscar Wilde lie at the very core of Yeats’s creative work
  • Pays close attention to unpublished manuscript versions of Yeats’s plays
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This book asserts that Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was a major precursor of W.B. Yeats (1865 – 1939), and shows how Wilde’s image and intellect set in train a powerful influence within Yeats’s creative imagination that remained active throughout the poet’s life. The intellectual concepts, metaphysical speculations and artistic symbols and images which Yeats appropriated from Wilde changed the poet’s perspective and informed the imaginative system of beliefs that Yeats formulated as the basis of his dramatic and poetic work.
Section One, 'Influence and Identity' (1888 – 1895), explores the personal relationship of these two writers, their nationality and historical context as factors in influence. Section Two, 'Mask and Image' (1888 – 1917), traces the creative process leading to Yeats’s construction of the antithetical mask, and his ideas on image, in relation to the role of Wilde as his precursor. Finally, 'Salomé: Symbolism, Dance and Theories of Being' (1891 – 1939) concentrates on the immense influence that Wilde’s symbolist play, Salomé, wrought on Yeats’s imaginative work and creative sensibility.

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Noreen Doody is a writer and former Senior Lecturer at the School of English, Dublin City University, Ireland. She studied at University College Dublin and at the University of Dublin, Trinity College. Her most recent publication is The Moon Spun Round: W.B. Yeats for Children (2016).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Influence of Oscar Wilde on W.B. Yeats
Book Subtitle
"An Echo of Someone Else’s Music"
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89548-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89548-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89547-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07800-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 340
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