William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), one of the 20th century’s seminal literary figures, was awarded the 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature in recognition of “his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.”Yeats was born in Dublin and educated in London and in Dublin, but spent summers in the west of Ireland at his family’s house at Connaught. He founded the Irish Theatre, together with Lady Gregory, which was to become the Abbey Theatre.
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.