Praise for The Tower and The Cornell Yeats in the TLS

In the May 9, 2008, issue of the TLS, there is a glowing review by Bernard O’Donoghue of The Tower (Manuscript Materials) by W. B. Yeats, edited by Richard J. Finneran with Jared Curtis and Ann Saddlemyer. O’Donoghue also praises The Cornell Yeats as a whole. The review is not online, but here are a few excerpts:

“The appearance of The Tower, in the Cornell Yeats series of manuscript materials, is the first closing-point of this magisterial editorial venture because it completes the series of poetry volumes. . . . When the Cornell series is complete, there will be a matchless body of material for the interpreters to work on. It is fitting that the poetry series should end with what is generally regarded as Yeats’s greatest single volume, The Tower from 1928. . . . Of course it is impossible to show in a review the real value and compulsion of this book—as of all the volumes in this glorious series. The developing thought processes of the poet, set out in Yeats’s particularly personal and self-revealing handwriting, are evident on every facing page. The thanks and congratulations that these editors have earned will go on being expressed for a very long time.”

Praise for The Tower and The Cornell Yeats in the TLS