Summer 1955 • Vol. XVII No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1955 |

Walking Naked

The Letters Of W. B. Yeats edited by Alan Wade. Macmillan. $9.50. Excepting maybe Robert Graves, Yeats is the last great English poet (and by poet I don't necessarily mean writer of verse) who had the resourcefulness, luck, perseverance, and passion to pivot his entire career upon the written word; to live, as that already oldfashioned epithet has it, "by his pen." In March, 1889, Yeats was under 24, when he wrote: The editor of Leisure Hour sent five pounds as an installment for an article of mine which he has been trying to make up his mind about for a year. . . . I got my proof sheets of an article on the difference between Scotch and Irish fairies from Henley's newspaper, the Scots Observer, the day before yesterday. I am to do other papers on the same subject for him. I also have two articles with the editor of the Providence Journal. So you see, I am doing better than usual and feeling sounder financially. That miserable Nation however has never acknowledged an article

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