George Bornstein discusses a new facsimile edition of W.B. Yeat’s classic poetry collection, The Wild Swans at Coole, published by Scribner. We talk about George Bornstein’s introductions to the facsimile editions, this book and The Winding Stair and other Poems (1933). We also talk about passion, a life of poems, the Nobel Prize and Ireland.
George Bornstein reads from The Colors of Zion: Blacks, Jews, and Irish from 1845 to 1945 published by Harvard University Press. We talk about the process of looking closely at the connections and relationships among Blacks, Jews, and Irish between the Irish Famine and the end of World War II. We also talk about the writing life and how empathy and compassion are essential in scholarship.
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