Readership: Yeatsians; students and scholars of twentieth-century literature, poetry, and Irish history.
R. F. Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History, University of Oxford
R. F. Foster was born in Waterford and educated in both Ireland and the United States. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, he subsequently became Professor of Modern British History at Birkbeck College, University of London and in 1991 the first Carroll Professor of Irish History at Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1989, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1986, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1992, an honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2010. His books include The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making It Up in Ireland (2001),
which won the 2003 Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism, W.B. Yeats, A Life. I: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914 (1997) which won the 1998 James Tait Black Prize for biography, and Volume II: The Arch-Poet, 1915-1939 (2003). He is also a well-known critic and broadcaster.
"Foster is a historian in the way that Joyce was a novelist" - Nicholas Allen, Irish Times,
"A brilliant re-examination of W.B. Yeat's place in literature and history" - Robert Gerwarth, Irish Times Books of the Year 2011
"Sparkling" - Helen Vendler, New Republic
"A superbly original analysis of what his nineteenth-century Irish inheritance meant to Yeats." - Colm Toibin, Irish Times Books of the Year 2011
"this richly atmospheric book both complicates and enhances our view of history and Yeats's place in it. By the simple virtue of its own excellence, it deserves a wide readership." - Adam O'Riordian, The
"[Foster's] Yeatsian backward look proves irresistible." - Times Literary Supplement
"Great achievement." - Irish Times
1: National Tales and National Futures in Ireland and Scotland after the Union
2: The First Romantics: Young Irelands between Catholic Emancipation and the Famine
3: Lost in the Big House: Anglo-Irishry and the Uses of the Supernatural
4: Oisin Comes Home: Yeats as Inheritor