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The Autobiography of W. B. Yeats has been extensively used for biographical and critical purposes but has never hitherto been the object of intensive analysis. Joseph Ronsley treats The Autobiography on its own terms as an individual work of art and examines it in relation to Yeats’s other writings, both published and unpublished. He attempts to discover the design underlying Yeats’s presentation of events, people, and ideas, in an effect to display the craftsmanship of The Autobiography and to illuminate its place in Yeats’s artistic and metaphysical system.