Yeats 150

William Butler Yeats 1865–1939

By: W.B. Yeats

Edited by: Declan J. Foley

Publication Date: January 2016


YEATS 150 is a Yeats collectible, consisting of a collection of essays, many of them illustrated, commemorating the life and work of Irish poet and Nobel Laureate, William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). The book, dedicated to Seamus Heaney, is divided into a number of sections: Academic Essays; Plays; the Yeats family; Scholarly Essays; Yeats Poetry Prizes and, appropriately, the topographical ‘Sligo’, by Sligo natives and visitors to the International Yeats Summer School. Edited by Declan J. Foley.

The book includes Helen Vendler’s tribute to Seamus Heaney; essays on Yeats’ poetry and plays; on his wife George, his children Anne and Michael, his contemporary, AE, and on the Sligo landscape that so influenced his imagination. It also details his elaborately crafted book designs. A section, appropriately titled Tír na nÓg, includes pieces by the late T.R. Henn, Vincent Buckley and Alec King, connecting to the post-1945 writing on W.B. Yeats.

This remarkably wide-ranging Yeats collectible honours the poet Yeats and those who have lectured and tutored across the world on the man and his work. The US, Canada, UK, Hungary, Japan, New Zealand and Australia are represented in the essays.

The thirty-six contributors include former Yeats Summer School Directors: Helen Vendler, Denis Donoghue and James Pethica, Ann Margaret Daniels, as well as Patrick M. Keane, Harvard professors Deirdre Toomey and Daniel Albright, Yeats Annual editor Warwick Gould, publisher Colin Smythe, professor and director of Otago University, New Zealand, Peter Kuch, Tokyo professor Tomoko Iwatsubo, biographer Ann Saddlemyer, critics Lucy McDiarmaid, Bruce Stewart and Martin Mansergh: in all, a glittering gathering of writers lend weight to this important commemorative and historical work.


Declan J. Foley was born in Sligo in 1950, and moved to Melbourne in 1987. He founded the Yeats Society  of Victoria  in 1990 and the Annual  Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia.  He has organised seminars on John Butler Yeats at Chestertown N.Y. and at TCD. His previous book for Lilliput, The OnlyArt of Jack B. Yeats, was published in 2009.



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Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 156 × 234 mm

600pp, Paperback with flaps

Publication Date

January 2016


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