W. B. Yeats

Standard Name: Yeats, W. B.
Used Form: William Butler Yeats
Used Form: Willie Yeats
WBY , who began publishing well before the end of the nineteenth century, is regarded as one of the most important twentieth-century poets in English, and one of the most international of Irish writers. He was early involved in the Irish Literary Revival, and wrote early, highly romantic lyrics on Celtic and fairy themes. Later he made poetry out of the search for a poetic language. Some of his later work is affected by his interest in the occult.


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Friends, Associates Dorothy Wellesley
DW was about eleven when the great influence of the African imperialist George Goldie (whose biography she was later to write) came into her life. When he answered yes to the question whether he had...
Friends, Associates Katharine Tynan
KT met the Irish Republican activist Maude Gonne (also known for her poetic inspiration of W. B. Yeats ) at a Protestant Home Rule Association meeting, which Tynan attended despite being Catholic.
Tynan, Katharine. Twenty-Five Years: Reminiscences. Smith, Elder, 1913.
Friends, Associates Jane Francesca, Lady Wilde
As in Dublin, she became known for her salons, which were held on Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. until their popularity demanded bi-weekly gatherings. The cream of London's literati and intelligentsia attended, including George Bernard Shaw
Friends, Associates Ezra Pound
During his time in London, EP met his future wife Dorothy Shakespear , as well as Henry James , Ford Madox Ford , Wyndham Lewis , and W. B. Yeats . He also met...
Friends, Associates Naomi Royde-Smith
NRS was a close friend of Rose Macaulay , with whom in the immediate postwar period she shared entertaining duties at her flat, in something similar to a salon. They apparently met through Macaulay contributing...
Friends, Associates Christopher St John
Their home became a centre of cultural life. Their friend Harcourt Williams recorded a Twelfth Night party they held when W. B. Yeats was among their guests, sharing ghost stories.
Cockin, Katharine. Edith Craig (1869-1947): Dramatic Lives. Cassell, 1998.
Friends, Associates George Egerton
After the success of her Keynotes, GE became acquainted with the literary and intellectual world. Among her new acquaintances she expressed admiration for Havelock Ellis but called W. B. Yeats a poseur.
Egerton, George. A Leaf from the Yellow Book. White, Terence de VereEditor , Richards Press, 1958.
Friends, Associates Michael Field
Katharine and Edith Cooper shared a great many distinguished friends in the worlds of literature and aesthetics: Walter Pater , Oscar Wilde , Arthur Symons , Charles Shannon , Sarianna Browning , Thomas Sturge Moore
Friends, Associates Dora Russell
During this period, the Russells' friends and associates included Sybil Thorndike and Lewis Casson , Ottoline Morrell , T. S. Eliot , W. B. Yeats , G. B. and Charlotte Shaw , Desmond MacCarthy ...
Friends, Associates Dorothy Wellesley
She and Yeats then spent Christmas Day and many evenings together. She records in her autobiography her visits on the days before his death on 28 January 1939, and some of his last sayings. She...
Friends, Associates John Millington Synge
JMS , in Paris, met for the first time both William Butler Yeats and Maud Gonne (an Irish nationalist then hiding in France to avoid being jailed at home).
Benson, Eugene. J. M. Synge. Macmillan, 1982.
Saddlemyer, Ann. “Introduction and Chronology”. The Collected Letters of John Millington Synge, Oxford University Press, 1983, p. ix - xxvi.
Friends, Associates Maud Gonne
Yeats refused to let MG into her own house, where his young and pregnant wife had succumbed to the dreaded flu epidemic. This caused a serious quarrel between him and Gonne, and she denounced him...
Friends, Associates Virginia Woolf
After this VW saw Ottoline Morrell many times at Garsington and at Ottoline's other salons, where guests included W. B. Yeats , Aldous Huxley , Mark Gertler , and Dorothy Brett , among many others...
Friends, Associates Augusta Gregory
That same summer Yeats made an extended stay at AG 's estate. Their friendship flourished, and for twenty years he spent the summers there under her motherly care. Theirs was an extremely close, productive, and...
Friends, Associates Alice Meynell
Following her early conquest of Tennyson , AM went on to develop a large circle of literary acquaintances. Callers on the Meynells at Palace Court included Irish writer Katharine Tynan , Aubrey Beardsley (while he...


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