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August 23, 1998|By The Literary Almanac

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), was born in Dublin, Ireland. In 1884, he became a student of painting, but soon realized his talent lay in words. He wrote a narrative poem, "The Wanderings of Oisin" (1889), and the collection "The Wind Among the Reeds" (1899), which drew on his dissatisfaction with scientific rationalism and interest in occultism. Yeats devoted himself to Irish politics and literary culture, founding the Hermetic Society in 1885. In 1923 he received the Nobel Prize for his manifold literary achievements.

Pub Date: 8/23/98

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