New York: New American Library, 1962. First edition thus. 16mo, illustrated paper wrapper. Slightest browning to margins of the text, gentlest edge-wear with soft crease to lower back corner of the nearly-fine wrapper. A bright, fresh copy. Item #547
"IN IRELAND THIS WORLD AND THE WORLD WE GO TO AFTER DEATH ARE NOT FAR APART" First printing of this handsome paperback edition of The Celtic Twilight, collecting the early tales and lyrics of the last "century's greatest English-language poet." Prefaced with a brief biography of Yeats and a lengthy Introduction by Walter Starkie of the University of California: "We present here a selection from the early poems of Yeats, sometimes in there original versions, sometimes as revised by the poet in his early 'minstral' years. Yeats continued to rewrite, especially in middle age, when he attempted to make all his work fit the over-all metaphysical plan he had for his canon. We have chosen to reprint the earlier versions, because of their spontaneous and lyrical quality." The text is supplemented with Notes on the Poems, Sources of the Poems, and a Selected Bibliography. A Signet Classic edition published by the New American Library of World Literature.