WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/28/1907 - HFSID 172351
Sale Price $2,380.00
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATSHe signs a typed 1907 letter promising that many of his works are soon to be published in America, framed in the Gallery of History style with a photo to 29x19. TLS: "Yrs/WB Yeats", 1 page, 7½x9½. 18 Woburn Buildings, W.C., 1907 June 28. To unknown recipient. Begins: "Dear Madam". In full: "I am afraid I have left your letter unanswered for some months, but I have been away from England, traveling from place to place, and busy into the bargain. All my verse plays will be published in America in a few days by Macmillan. They also publish a little volume of prose plays The Hour Glass and other plays, and two volumes of prose The Celtic Twilight and The Secret Rose. I have used a great deal of folk lore in all my work." By the time Irish author William Butler Years (1865-1939) wrote this letter in 1907, he 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. Lightly creased with folds, vertical fold at the "Yr". Slightly soiled at upper blank margin. Minor chip at top, front of frame. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 29½x19.
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