WB Yeats

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WB  Yeats: The Princeton letters date from 1903 to 1913. Photograph: George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress.

A collection of unpublished letters written by WB Yeats that was stolen in the 1970s and returned “anonymously” has been identified at Princeton Unive(...)

Creative power: WB Yeats as a young poet. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

The possibility, indeed probability, that a precious hoard of materials closely associated with our greatest poet, WB Yeats, might now leave this isla(...)

WB Yeats’s Nobel Prize in Literature medal has been donated to the National Library of Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has officially received the medal awarded to WB Yeats in 1923 for winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. The m(...)

WB Yeats: unashamedly elevated imagination over rational calculation

‘Rational” is not the first word that comes to mind when you think of WB Yeats. He was a devoted follower of the occult, magic and astrology, and a(...)

File photograph of speakers, including the late Seamus Heaney,  at the 38th Yeats International Summer School in 1997 on a visit to the grave in Drumcliffe. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Yeats Society president Martin Enright has said that he is not unduly surprised or upset about new doubts over the authenticity of WB Yeats’s burial i(...)

Diplomatic documents unearthed in France reveal bones sent by the French were not WB Yeats’s bones

There were doubts about the authenticity of WB Yeats’s bones even before they were transferred from France for reburial in Drumcliffe churchyard in S(...)

WB Yeats in Walter de la Mare’s garden at Taplow on September  14th,  1935: ‘Sligo is, indeed, a great place for fairy pillaging’

Editors’ introduction A good deal of WB Yeats’s work was informed by his idea that the richness of the Irish folk imagination owed much to the endurin(...)

First editions: ‘Ulysses’ signed by James Joyce, (€82,000-€110,000)

The sale, at a Sotheby’s literature auction in London last week, of a first edition copy of JRR Tolkien’s 1937 children’s novel , The Hobbit for £1(...)

Dramatic legacy: Samuel Beckett directing Waiting for Godot in Berlin in 1975; it is surely impossible to encounter the stark setting of WB Yeats’s Purgatory – a road, a tree – without thinking of Beckett’s play. Photograph: Heuer/Ullstein Bild via Getty

In his influential book The Empty Space the English director Peter Brook wrote about what he called the Holy Theatre, or “the notion that the stage(...)

The poet’s hand: a manuscript of The Stolen Child, which appeared in WB Yeats’s early collection The Wandering of Oisin and Other Poems. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

I read WB Yeats first when I was a teenager. In boarding school, after dark, I took out the sturdy book with its burgundy covers and turned over page (...)

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