Series 1
Literary manuscripts, 1888-1939
Box 1

Scope and Content Note

Yeats's literary writings include working drafts, fair copies, revisions of published text preparatory to subsequent editions, typescript and holograph notes about particular works or passages, as well as brief commentaries on literary topics. Dated items range from 1888-1939, but most are from the early 1900s; many items bear no date. Unless otherwise noted, items described as "autograph" or "signed" are in Yeats's hand.

Descriptions of some items in the following list include bracketed call numbers. These call numbers refer to books held by Special Collections in which the described items appear; photocopies of these items have been placed in the boxed folders listed below.

Other bracketed designations (e.g., [I-347] and [Add1]) refer to item descriptions appearing in Sotheby's auction catalogs of 23-24 July 1979 [I], 17 December 1979 [II], or to additional acquisitions to the collection. Asterisks (*) denote variants not found in The Variorum Edition of the Poems of W. B. Yeats (New York, 1957) and The Variorum Edition of the Plays of W. B. Yeats (London, 1966).

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically within the following categories: poems (followed by untitled poems), plays, prose (articles and brief commentaries), and revisions in collected works and other publications.

Titled Poems
Box Folder Content
1 1 "All Souls' Night," explanatory note (5 lines), 1922 June, on preliminary blank of Yeats's Seven Poems and a Fragment (1922) [in PR5904.S35 cop. 2]. ANS (re poem) [I-385].
1 2 "All Things Can Tempt Me"] (10 lines), with revisions and deletions, 1908 September, on upper fly-leaf, Lady Gregory's copy of The Poetical Works of William Butler Yeats, vol. 1 (1906) [in PR5900.A3 1906 vol. 1]. AMs, 1 p. (poem) [I-353].
1 3 ["An Appointment"]* (12 lines), with revisions and deletions, 1907 August 25, with an explanatory note (4 lines) by [Lady Gregory], on preliminary blank, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Poems (1901) [in PR5900.A3 1901 copy 2]. AMs, 1 p. (poem) [I-352].
1 4 ["At Galway Races"] (16 lines), with deletions, 1908 September, on preliminary blank, Lady Gregory's copy of The Poetical Works of William Butler Yeats, vol. 1 (1906) [in PR5900.A3 1906 v.1]. AMs, 1 p. (poem) [I-353].
1 5 ["The Blood Bond"], with revisions; and, ["Spinning Song"], with revisions and deletions. AMssS, 2 p. (poems and autograph note) [Add 7].
1 6 ["Brown Penny"], fair copy. AMsS, 1 p. (poem) [II-221].
1 7 "The Desires of Man and of Woman," with revisions and deletions, dated Sligo, June 1897 and stamped The Unicorn Press Co., AmsS, 4 pp. (poem).
1 8 ["Easter 1916"], manuscript in the hand of Lady Gregory with additions and deletions. AMsS, 4 pp. (poem).
1 9 ["Friends"] (28 lines), with revisions and deletions, dated 1911 January 21. AMsS, 1 p. (poem) [I-354].
1 10 "Hanrahan the Red Upon His Wanderings"* ["Maid Quiet"] (12 lines), fair copy on half-title page, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Poems (1895) [in PR5900.A3 1895]. AMsS, 1 p. (poem) [I-345].
1 10 "The Happy Townland" [See also "A Rider from the North"]
1 11 ["He Tells of the Perfect Beauty"]*, two drafts with revisions and deletions, tipped in following p. 278, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Poems (1895) [in PR5900.A3 1895]. AMs, 2 p. (poem) [I-345].
1 11a ["His dream"], with revisions and deletions, signed and dated Coole Park, 3 July 1908
1 12 "In Memory of Robert Gregory"* ["In Memory of Major Robert Gregory"], comprising four typed pages containing twelve eight-line stanzas with autograph corrections, and a separate sheet containing eight lines in Yeats's hand, with revisions. TMs and AMs, 5 p. (poem) [I-357].
1 13 ["Into the Twilight"], fair copy (first stanza only), on preliminary blank, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's The Celtic Twilight (1893) [in PR5904.C4]. AMsS, 1 p. (poem) [I-342].
"The Lover Tells of the Rose in his Heart" [See "The Rose in My Heart"]
"Maid Quiet" [See "Hanrahan the Red Upon His Wanderings"]
1 14 ["O Do Not Love Too Long"],* with revisions and deletions, comprising three stanzas of four lines each, dated 1903 July 12 with the added note "written July 8th and 9th," on preliminary blank, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Poems (1895) [in PR5900.A3 1895]. AMsS, 1 p. (poem) [I-345].
1 15 ["O Do Not Love Too Long"],* with revisions and deletions, comprising three stanzas of four lines each. AMs, 1 p. (poem) [I-347].
1 16 "Old Memories"* (12 lines), with revisions. AMsS, 1 p. (poem) [I-348].
1 17 "On a Child's Death"* (16 lines), fair copy, 1893 September 5, on preliminary blank, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Poems (1899) [in PR5900.A3 1899 cop. 2]. AMsS, 1 p. (poem) [I-343].
1 18 ["The Ragged Wood"]* (16 lines), with revisions and deletions; and, an autograph note (verso) concerning symbols (seven lines). AMs (poem) and AN, 2 p. [I-349].
1 19 "Red Hanrahan's Song about Ireland," three-line excerpt beginning "Like tufted reeds . . .," on recto of frontispiece, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's The Tables of the Law/The Adoration of the Magi (1897) [in PR5904.T32 1897]. AMsS (poem) [II-218].
1 20 "A Rider from the North" ["The Happy Townland"],* with revisions and excluding chorus repetition,* 1903 March 28, on final blank and lower fly-leaf, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's The Wind Among the Reeds (1895) [in PR5904.W6 1899a]. AMsS, 2 p. (poem) [I-344].
1 21 "The Rose in My Heart" ["The Lover Tells of the Rose in his Heart"] (8 lines),* with corrections and printer's marks [?], on ruled paper tipped in following p. 194, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Poems (1895) [in PR5900.A3 1895]. AMs (poem) [I-345].
1 22 "The Song of Heffernan the Blind: a translation,"* fair copy (4 lines), on upper fly-leaf, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Poems (1899) [in PR5900.A3 1899 cop. 2]. AMsS (poem) [I-343].
1 23 ["The Sorrow of Love"]* (4 lines), second stanza only, with revisions and deletions, bearing the pencilled note "altered in 1924," tipped in following p. 128, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Poems (1904) [in PR5900.A3 1904a]. AMs, 1 p. (poem) [I-346].
1 24 ["The Sorrow of Love"]* (4 lines), second stanza only, with revisions and two additional deleted lines, tipped in following p. 216, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Poems (1895) [in PR5900.A3 1895]. AMs, 1 p. (poem) [I-345].
"Spinning Song" [See "The Blood Bond," etc.]
1 25 "The Stare's Nest" ["The Stare's Nest by my Window"], with revisions and deletions, 1922 July 14, on blank facing p. 1 of Yeats's Seven Poems and a Fragment (1922) [in PR5904.S35 cop. 2]. AMs, 1 p. (poem) [I-358].
1 26 "To a Child Dancing on the Shore" ["To a Child Dancing in the Wind"] (12 lines), fair copy on Coole Park letterhead. AMsS, 1 p. (poem) [I-355].
1 27 "To a Friend whose Work has Come to Nothing," explanatory note (3 lines), on p. 18, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Responsibilities: Poems and a Play (1914) [in PR5904.R3]. AN (re poem) [I-420].
1 28 "To his Heart[,] bidding it have no Fear" (7 lines), fair copy on ruled paper, mounted onto p. 66, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Poems (1895) [in PR5900.A3 1895]. AMs, 1 p. (poem) [I-345].
1 29 ["The Tower"],* fragment with revisions and deletions, comprising twenty-five lines of the opening to the last section of the poem (the final eight lines are crossed out). AMs, 1 p. (poem) [I-359].
1 30 "The Valley of the Black Pig"* (8 lines), fair copy on ruled paper, mounted onto p. viii, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Poems (1895) [in PR5900.A3 1895]. AMs, 1 p. (poem) [I-345].
1 31 "Yellow Hair; For Anne Gregory"* ["For Anne Gregory"], with revisions and deletions, 1930 September. Three stanzas of six lines each, on p. vi, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Selected Poems, Lyrical and Narrative (1929) [in PR5902.M3 1929]. AMsS, 1 p. (poem) [II-223].
Untitled poems
1 32 "The loud years come the loud years go...,"* untitled verse (4 lines) accompanying Yeats's inscribed dedication to Lady Gregory, 1899 April 14, on preliminary blank, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's The Wind Among the Reeds (1899) [in PR5904.W6 1899a]. AMsS, 1 p. (poem) [I-344].
1 33 "While I, from that reed throated whisperer...,"* proof sheet for the untitled poem, with autograph corrections by Yeats and Ezra Pound and including four and a half lines of verse in Yeats's hand on a separate sheet. Proof and AMs, 2 p. (poem) [I-356].
1 34 "‘Why is it’ queen Edain said...," untitled verse with revisions and deletions, comprising three eight line stanzas, on lower fly-leaf, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Poems (1901) [in PR5900.A3 1901 co.2]. AMs, 2 p. (poem) [I-352].
Plays
1 35 At the Hawk's Well, "Preface," with revisions and deletions, dated 1916 October 24. AMsS, 9 p. (play) [Add9].
1 36 [ Cathleen Ni Houlihan],* fragment with revisions and deletions, comprising two drafts of the first "Old Woman's Song," beginning "Do not have a great wake for them . . ." and "Do not make a great keening;" and, one draft of the second "Old Woman's Song" (four lines), beginning "They shall be remembered forever...." AMs, 3 p. (play) [II-220]. (Images 0600-001 and 0600-002)
1 37 [The Countess Cathleen],* fragment with revisions and deletions, comprising twelve lines of verse for Cathleen's speech to the steward toward the end of the second scene, beginning "Keeping this house alone sell all I have." AMs, 1 p. (play) [II-219].
1 38 "The Hour-Glass," detached from The North American Review, vol. 177, no. 562 (1903), p. 445-456, with deletions and including a revised ending (typescript, 6 lines) mounted on p. 456 [in PR5904.H59]. Printed doc. with TMs and AN, 1 p. (play) [II-279].
1 39 The Hour-Glass, explanatory note (7 lines) dated 1922, on preliminary leaf, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Responsibilities: Poems and a Play (1914) [in PR5904.R3]. ANS, 1 p. (re play) [I-420]. Responsibilities: Poems and a Play (1914) [in PR5904.R3]. ANS, 1 p. (re play) [I-420].
1 40 In Sand, by Jack B. Yeats, script with corrections in director’s hand. Tms [carbon] with holograph corrections, 54 pp.
1 41 The Pot of Broth,* fragment with revisions and deletions, bearing the heading "Page 76 ‘The Hour Glass’ Etc. (Bullen)" and beginning ". . . used to be singing / ‘Philomel, I've listened oft," dated in pencil by Lady Gregory "April 1922." AMs, 3 p. (play) [II-222] (Images 0600-003 through 0600-005)
Prose
1 42 "John Eglinton and Spiritual Art" (incomplete), [n.d.], drafted in reply to Eglinton's [William Kirkpatrick Magee] article "Mr. Yeats and Popular Poetry" and tipped in at the end of J. Eglinton et al., Literary Ideals in Ireland (1899) [in PR8714.L5 1899]. TMs, 3 p. (prose).
1 42a More Memories, [title struck out: "Ireland After the Fall of Parnell"], corrected typescript, 139 pp., no date [includes holograph poem, "The cat went here and there," on page 114]
1 43 Commentary (10 lines) about his memoirs, on preliminary blank, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Four Years (1921) [in PR5906.A55 cop. 2]. ANS (prose) [I-424].
1 44 Commentary (7 lines) about his memoirs, on preliminary blank, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's Reveries over Childhood and Youth (1915) [in PR5906.A557 1915]. ANS (prose).
1 45 Commentary (3 lines) about his poetry, 1922 June, on preliminary blank, Lady Gregory's copy of A Selection from the Love Poetry of William Butler Yeats (1913) [in PR5900.A6 1913]. ANS (prose).
1 46 Commentary (14 lines) about his Sligo audience, 1901 December, on preliminary blank, Lady Gregory's copy of Yeats's John Sherman and Dhoya (1891) [in PR5904.J5 1891a]. ANS (prose) [I-403].
1 47 A Vision, prospectus (incomplete), [1925]. Virtually the complete text of T. Werner Laurie’s prospectus for A Vision, in Yeat’s hand. AMs (prose) A Vision, in Yeat’s hand. AMs (prose)
1 48 A Vision, prospectus, [1925] printed doc.
Revisions in collected works and other publications:
1 49 [ The Cat and the Moon and Certain Poems (1924?)], page proofs (fragment) with holograph corrections on pp. 15 and 24 [in PR5904.C37 1924]. Proofs with ANs (textual revisions).
1 50 Last Poems and Two Plays (1939), table of contents (21 lines), tipped in following title page [in PR5900.A3 1939]. Book with AMs, 1 p.
1 51 A Packet for Ezra Pound (1929), with revisions and deletions throughout the text by Yeats, J. Manson (compositor, R. and R. Clark), and Thomas Mark (editor, MacMillan) preparatory to its publication in A Vision (1937) [in PR5906.A553 1929]. Book with ANs (textual revisions). A Vision (1937) [in PR5906.A553 1929]. Book with ANs (textual revisions).
1 52 Poems and Ballads of Young Ireland (1888), with occasional revisions and corrections [in PR8857.P6]. Book with ANs (textual revisions) [I-267].
1 53 Responsibilities: Poems and a Play (1914), with revisions throughout (including textual changes to "The Hour-Glass") preliminary to the publication of Responsibilities and Other Poems (1916) [in PR5904.R3 cop. 2]. Book with ANs (textual revisions). Responsibilities and Other Poems (1916) [in PR5904.R3 cop. 2]. Book with ANs (textual revisions).
1 54 A Selection From the Love Poetry of William Butler Yeats (1913), with numeric additions to the table of contents and to p. 3 [in PR5900.A6 1913 cop. 2]. Book with ANs (textual revisions).
1 55 Synge and the Ireland of His Time (1911), with revisions on p. 38 [in PR5533.Y4]. Book with ANs (textual revisions).
1 56 Two Plays for Dancers (1919), with revisions and deletions throughout [in PR5904.T9 cop. 2]. Book with ANs (textual revisions).
1 57 Unicorn From the Stars (NY, 1908), Lady Gregory's proof copy, with revisions and deletions by Yeats and Lady Gregory throughout the text (including one typed page, with holograph revisions in Yeats's hand, tipped in following p. 108) preliminary to the first public edition of this work [in PR5904.U6]. Proofs with ANs and AMs (1 p.) (textual revisions) [I-415].
1 58 "John M. Synge," appearing in J. Synge's Poems and Translations (1909), with revisions and corrections in Yeats's hand on pp. vi and xiv [in PR5532.P6]. Book with ANs (textual revisions).
1 59 "The Way of Wisdom," The Speaker (April 14, 1900), pp. 40-41, with autograph notes, revisions and corrections in hands of W.B. Yeats and A.H. Bullen preliminary to its reprinting as "The Pathway" in Yeats's Collected Works, vol. VIII (1908). Printed doc. with ANs, 2 p. (textual revisions) [Add5]. Collected Works, vol. VIII (1908). Printed doc. with ANs, 2 p. (textual revisions) [Add5].
1 60 Lady Gregory's Gods and Fighting Men (1903), proofs with revisions, corrections and comments throughout the text by Yeats, Lady Gregory, and in a third hand [Douglas Hyde?] [in PB1421.G7; . . .1903; . . .1903a]. Proofs with ANs (textual revisions) [I-388].
1 61 Lady Gregory's [ Seven Short Plays (1909)], page proofs with revisions and deletions by Lady Gregory and Yeats (including revisions to Yeats's "The Travelling Man") [in PR4728.G5S4]. Proofs with ANs (textual revisions) [II-255].
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