Reviews of A Vision


In collecting together here as many reviews as I have been able to obtain copies of, I have relied on K. P. S. Jochum’s invaluable bibliography; his section of reviews of books by Yeats (Section G) in turn refers to Wade’s bibliography: W149 (A Vision A), W163 (A Packet for Ezra Pound), W191/192 (A Vision B, British and US editions). Almost all of the reviews in English are available here, and for completeness I have included Jochum’s complete list, though rearranged into chronological order. I cannot yet give texts for the reviews without links. If anyone can supply me with a text for either of the omissions, I would be most grateful and will, of course, give credit (mail to: Comment).

The texts are given in a form as close to that of the originals as possible, so that I have not standardised variations of punctuation or italicisation. Only the page-layout, column-arrangement, and consequent hyphenation at the ends of lines have been dispensed with. Any ellipsis included is that of the originals, not editing here. These reviews are journalism, so there are inevitable inconsistencies and odd errors; since some of the reviews include ‘sic’, the misprints have been indicated in red ‘[sic]’. The quotations from Yeats are given as they appear in the review, and there are some errors here too. As for actual material errors, A.E.’s review does, for instance, count thirty phases in Yeats’s System and Mary Colum does call Creative Mind and Body of Fate the Knower and the Unknown, but these are not commented on.

These reviews are intended as a scholarly resource, so I have been very careful in the transcription and checking, but if you wish to use them and are unsure about the accuracy of any detail e-mail me and I can check again against the originals.

Since the complete collection of reviews runs to more than a hundred paper pages, each review is on a separate webpage to speed download. At the end of the list, however, there is a link to a collected version (265Kb), which may be more readily searchable. The search engines at the bottom search the whole site, but the pages of the reviews are all of the format Gnnn, with the exception of Edmund Wilson’s review which starts CB, since it was substantially included in his book Axel’s Castle.


A Vision A (Wade 149)
13 February 1926 The Irish Statesmanreview AEtextG482
27 March 1926 The New Statesman ‘The Visionary Yeats’ anon.textG479
22 April 1926 The Times Literary Supplement ‘Mr. Yeats’s Occultism’ [de Selincourt] textG481
October 1926 The Quest ‘A Vision’ [G. R. S. Mead]textG480
October 1926 Adelphi short notice anon.textG478
16 January 1929 New Republic ‘Yeats’s Guide to the Soul’ Edmund WilsontextCB527
A Packet for Ezra Pound (Wade 163)
7 September 1929 The Irish Statesman reviewAE textG553
18 September 1929 Commonweal ‘Mr. Yeats’s Trivia’ Seán O’FaoláintextG551
4 December 1929 The Nation ‘Mr. Yeats’s Kubla Khan’ Seán O’FaoláintextG552
A Vision B (Wade 191 & 192)
18 October 1937 The Scotsman ‘Mr. Yeats’s Vision: Messages of the “Communicators”’ Edwin Muir textG791
November 1937 Ireland To-day ‘Mummy Is Become Merchandise’ Cecil Ffrench Salkeld textG798
November 1937 The London Mercury ‘Mr. Yeats’s Metaphysical Man’ Seán O’Faoláin textG792
2 November 1937 The Irish Independent ‘Invisible Beings Communicated with Mr. Yeats, He Says’ R[oibeárd] O
F[aracháin]
textG787
8 November 1937 The Irish News ‘Mr. W. B. Yeats’s Latest Book’ C. E. textG785
9 November 1937 The Liverpool Daily Post ‘Beyond the Normal’ O[liver] E[dwards]textG786
15 November 1937 Boekenschouw ‘Het visioen van William Butler Yeats’ Jos[eph] Panhuysen G793
19 November 1937 The Cambridge Review ‘Yeats’s Mysticism’ J. Bronowski textG781
19 November 1937 The Spectator ‘The Source of Poetry’Michael Roberts textG797
4 December 1937 Time and Tide ‘Staring at Miracle’ Charles Williams textG801
8 December 1937 The Listener reviewanon. textG775
20 January 1938 The New English Weekly reviewanon. textG776
22 January 1938 The New Statesman reviewanon. textG777
22 January 1938 The Illustrated London News review C. E. B.textG778
4 February 1938 The Church of Ireland Gazette reviewanon. textG774
March 1938 New Verse ‘Thy Chase Had a Beast in View’ G. E. G[rigson]textG788
March-April 1938 Poetry Review ‘A Poet’s Dream’ H. T. Hunt Grubb textG789
12 March 1938 The Saturday Review ‘Speculations of a Poet’William Rose BenéttextG780
13 March 1938 The New York Times Book Review ‘W. B. Yeats Expounds His “Heavenly Geometry”’ Horace Reynolds textG795
25 March 1938 The Commonweal ‘Doom’ Michael WilliamstextG802
April 1938 Criterion reviewStephen Spender textG799
April 1938 Forum and Century ‘A Poet’s Philosophy’ Mary M. Colum textG783
20 April 1938 New Republic ‘Yeats’s Vision’ Edmund Wilson textG803
23 April 1938 Boston Evening Transcript ‘Poetry Now’ John HolmesG790
May-June 1938 Les Langues Modernes reviewA. Rivoallan G796
8 May 1938 New York Herald Tribune Books ‘Bones of a Poet’s Vision’ Babette Deutsch textG784
Summer 1938 Yale Review ‘Through Frenzy to Truth’ Kerker Quinn textG794
July-September 1938 Études Anglaises reviewM. L. Cazamian textG782
9 July 1938 The Nation ‘Lend a Myth to God’ Eda Lou Walton textG800
March 1939 Philosophical Review review R. C. BaldtextG779
 
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