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William Butler Yeats died at 73 years old
Born: June 13, 1865
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Best known as: Irish poet and playwright

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William Butler Yeats Biography

William Butler Yeats was a towering figure in English literature at the turn of the 20th Century, not the least because of his poems and plays. Combining an immense knowledge of Irish folklore and Gaelic verse with a self-conscious flamboyance, Yeats was largely responsible for convincing the rest of the world that those Irish guys sure can write, and that they have a heck of a national identity as well. He was elected one of the first senators of the Irish Free State (1922-28), and awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1923.

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An occultist, Yeats devised his literary theories based on what he believed to be supernatural communications through his wife, Georgie Lees.


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