So, why should you read this book? (Especially if it's not assigned reading in your college class.)
Because it's a fascinating read, recording (among many other things) Yeats' relationships with contemporaries Oscar Wilde, John Synge, Madame Blavatsky, George Moore, and others. It also lends a great insight into his passions for cabalistic thoughts, occultism, the Irish theatre, politics and poetry.
Yeats covers 58 years of his life, from his earliest memories to his winning of the Nobel Prize. The man considered to be 'the greatest master of the English language in verse' comes to life here in his own words. He was complex, preoccupied with seeking answers to life's most compelling and elusive questions, and intensely devoted to his art. This autobiographical account provides an unforgettable portrait of Yeats - and offers a great look at the era in which he lived.