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Yeats Now
Yeats Now

Yeats Now

Echoing into Life


200 Pages, 6.70 x 9.85

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $21.95 (US $21.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: August 2021

ISBN 9781843517788

Rights: US & CA

The Lilliput Press (Aug 2021)

Price: $21.95


W. B. Yeats believed that a poet's life should be an experiment in living. His poems fashion into memorable words the sometimes puzzling emotions that hover over important life events. Yeats's remarkable work can clarify our own thinking about similar situations. Joseph M. Hassett's Yeats Now: Echoing into Life extracts and distills the rich harvest of Yeats's experiment. As Yeats's biographer Roy Foster comments, Yeats Now is 'a personal, quizzical, imaginative testament that ranges through Yeats's thought and writings, showcasing and discussing a series of ringing statements, suggestions and aphorisms that evolve into a kind of vade-mecum or guide to life. The subjects cover love, anger, friendship, politics, violence, and the competing claims of perfecting the life, or the work'. This book is a wonderful companion to the work of this significant poet. Hassett's writing provides an excellent frame of context through which to explore one of Ireland's greatest poets.


" of the most beautiful and enjoyable books on Yeats [...] a delight to read [...] Lucky Yeats in having an interpreter as relaxed, authoritative and tender as Joseph Hassett." —Declan Kiberd, Dublin Review of Books

"[...] a subtle and often illuminating study of what we can learn from Yeats [...] and how we can let his words echo in our own lives [...] a delight to read [...] Hassett is an uncommonly acute and insightful reader of poetry." —Michael O'Loughlin, Irish Times

" [...] thought-provoking [...] a fresh, accessible look at the shimmering legacy of W B Yeats in all its wonder and poise." —Paddy Kehoe, RTE Culture

"[...] a handsome and stylish book, both in its looks and, more importantly, in its capacity to appreciate the magic of William Butler Yeats's poetry." —Michael Langan, NBC-2

"I can't think of a more inspiring way to fill the unforgiving minute than to read this book, to be renewed and invigorated by Yeats's relevance today -- Now -- and to rediscover the nobility of his poetry, the endurance of his hope." —

Author Biography

Joseph M. Hassett has written extensively on Yeats, Joyce, and other Irish writers. He holds a Ph.D. in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. His books include W.B. Yeats and the Muses and The Ulysses Trials: Beauty and Truth Meet the Law. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he serves as legal counsel to the Irish Embassy.