Adrian Paterson, Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Galway, is curator of the exhibition Yeats & the West, and co-editor of two E-rea special issues on modernism (2018, 2020) and the forthcoming Edinburgh Companion to W. B. Yeats and the Arts.
Crediting Ghosts: W. B. Yeats and George Yeats Collaborate with the Dead
“How on earth, we wonder, could a man of Yeats’s gifts take such nonsense seriously?” exclaimed W. H. Auden. “How could Yeats . . . take up something so essentially lower-middle class—or should I say Southern Californian?” Auden’s incredulous geography was more accurate than he knew.