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William Butler Yeats Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Born: June 13, 1865 in Sandymount, County Dublin, Ireland
Died: January 28, 1939 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
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William Butler Years (1865-1939) had developed a philosophical foundation that would be the hallmark of all his work. Yeats combined the influences of mysticism and margin in his early writings, using them as a universal way of achieving brotherhood and morals. His later use of Irish folklore, he believed, would force people to look beyond their personal and material worlds toward the ideals of Irish nationalism. His book, The Celtic Twilight, a collection of essays published in 1893, was an early work attempting to meld these influences but it was the works that came during his association with Dublin's Abbey Theater that honed these philosophies. Yeats and Augusta Lady Gregory, an aristocrat with dramatic interests and similar literary leanings, co-founded the Irish Literary Theater in 1898, from which grew the Abbey. Yeats' On Baile's Strand opened the Abbey in 1904. He also published The Hour Glass, a morality drama, during this period. The quality of the Abbey's productions made it a leading voice in Irish literature. Yeats' years as the Abbey's leading creative force, when he wrote such works as The Unicorn from the Stars and The Golden Helmet, resulted in some controversy. Proud to the point of arrogance, Yeats despised Dublin's middle class (most of whom preferred the conventional theater Yeats considered vulgar). Eventually, a more mature Yeats honed his style and disassociated himself from the Abbey. His later work, which included Four Plays for Dancers, published in 1921, The Tower (1928) and his collection, Essays, elevated him to the recognition as one of the foremost poets in English of his time. Yeats received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923, and he also served in the Senate of the Irish Free State from 1922 to 1928.
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