Yeats: The Man and the Masks

Yeats: The Man and the Masks

Yeats: The Man and the Masks

Yeats: The Man and the Masks

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This book is based in part on published materials and in part on some 50,000 pages of unpublished manuscripts of W. B. Yeats which Mrs. Yeats, unbounded in her generosity, permitted me to examine in Dublin. The manuscripts include autobiographical notes, drafts of poems, letters, diaries, and other papers. I am indebted to the Rockefeller Foundation for a Post-War Fellowship in the Humanities which enabled me to spend thirteen months in Ireland and England.

I have had the privilege, too, of talking with many of Yeats's friends, acquaintances, and relations, and among these I must mention my special gratitude to Frank O'Connor for constant help, to Sean O'Faolain for many important suggestions, to Jack B. Yeats and Lily Yeats for their reminiscences, and to the following: Clifford Bax, Professor Thomas Bodkin, Professor C. E. M. Bowra, Austin Clarke, Sir Sydney Cockerell, C. P. Curran, Edmund Dulac and Mrs. Dulac (Helen Beauclerk), T. S. Eliot, Norman Haire, Edith Shackleton Heald, Joseph Hone, Madame Maud Gonne MacBride, Sir Eric MacLagan, H. M. Magee, W. K. Magee ('John Eglinton'), Ethel Mannin, John Masefield, Mrs. T. Sturge Moore, Sir Gilbert Murray, P. S. O'Hegarty, Lady Elizabeth Pelham, Edith Sitwell, Sir Osbert Sitwell, John Sparrow, Dr. James Starkey ('Seumas O'Sullivan'), James Stephens, L. A. G. Strong, Mrs. Iseult Stuart, Ninette de Valois, Allan Wade, Ernest Walsh, and the Duchess of Wellington (Dorothy Wellesley). Norman Pearson, Peter Allt, Gerard Fay, Ellsworth Mason, and Roger Manvell have also put me under obligation. Diarmuid Russell has kindly permitted me to quote from some unpublished letters of his father. I wish to thank Dean William C. DeVane of Yale University for his guidance and encouragement when I submitted this book, in another form, as a doctoral dissertation at Yale, where it received the John Addison Porter Prize in 1947; Professor H. O. White of . . .

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