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June Literary Birthdays

June 13, 1865 - January 28, 1939

William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the foremost figures in 20th century literature. He studied painting in his youth, and from an early age was interested in Irish legends and the occult. These topics feature heavily in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the century. From 1900, Yeats's poetry grew more physical and realistic. He renounced the transcendentalism of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with the contrast between the physical and the spiritual, as well as with cyclical theories of life. Over time, Yeats became a respected public figure, and a pillar of the Irish literary establishment. He was co-founder of the Abbey Theatre, and served as an Irish Senator in his later years. In 1923, Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some of his works:
The Land of Heart's Desire
The Hour-Glass
The Celtic Twilight
The Tower
The Winding Stair and Other Poems
A Vision

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