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Yeats’s Legacies

Warwick Gould

Acknowledgements and Editorial Information

Warwick Gould

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1Our chief debt of gratitude is to the Yeats Estate over many years for granting permission (through a. p. Watt Ltd., now part of United Agents Partnership, Ltd.) to use published and unpublished materials by w. b. Yeats. Stewardship of the Yeats Estate is now in the hands of Kat Aitken (; + 44 (0) 2032140931). Many of our contributors have been further indebted to the Yeats family and Estate for making unpublished materials available for study and for many other kindnesses, as is the Editor. Dr Declan Kiely now of the New York Public Library (nypl), Dr Steve Ennis (Director), the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Austin, and Mr Gearoid O Luing at the National Library of Ireland continue to provide us with research materials and research assistance. Dr Isaac Gewirtz and Lyndsi Barnes at the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection (Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations) of the nypl, as well as research librarians at the Stuart A Rose Rare Books Library, Emory University (particularly E. Kathleen Shoemaker and Elizabeth Shoemaker), and at the John J. Burns Library, Boston College (Christian Dupont, Katherine Fox and Andrew Isidoro) have all been generous and prompt in recovering specialist materials. Karen Johnson, Archivist, Christian Brothers Province Centre, Dublin, Mr Neville Figgis of House of Figgis Rare Books, Letterfrack; the Director, National Archives of Ireland, Dublin, the Digital Library at Villanova University; Private Collectors in London and in Ireland, Barry Houlihan, James Hardiman Library, nui, Galway. Wikimedia Commons and Dr Colin Smythe of Colin Smythe Ltd., Gerrards Cross Bucks have all been similarly helpful.

2A research-level journal is always hungry for new bibliographical detail and recently discovered copies of rare books and manuscripts, contacts among collectors. Yeats Annual is deeply indebted to various specialists in the London Rare Book trade, including Dr Peter Errington and Mr Charlie Minter at Sotheby’s, New Bond St., Ed. Maggs, Ben Maggs and Joe McCann at Maggs Bros., 48 Bedford Square, Sammy Jay at Peter Harrington, Dover Street, and Jamie Fergusson of James Fergusson Books and Manuscripts, London.

3Martin Enright, President of the Yeats Society, Sligo, also alerted us to the existence of rare archival materials. Dr Karen Attar in Special Collections at the Senate House Library, University of London has been unfailingly helpful, especially in respect of the Thomas Sturge Moore Collection. Riette Sturge Moore (who died in 1995) allowed us to use in the livery of the Yeats Annuals the rose symbol adapted from Thomas Sturge Moore’s designs for the h. p. R. Finberg translation of Axël (1925).

4Professors Roy Foster, fba and John Kelly on behalf of Oxford University Press, are generous with permissions. Individuals, institutions private collectors and estates which gave permission for the reproductions of images are profoundly to be thanked for helping us to take advantage of the digital publishing. Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders, and while some images are by unknown photographers, the editor would be grateful to acknowledge any omissions in the next issue.

5At Open Book Publishers, William St. Clair fba, Dr Rupert Gatti and Dr Alessandra Tosi provided patient assistance and invaluable advice to facilitate our transfer to open access publishing. Members of the Advisory Board continue to read a large number of submissions and we are grateful to them, and also to Mr r. a. Gilbert and other specialist readers who offered valuable assistance. Deirdre Toomey as Research Editor of this journal continues to take up the challenges which routinely defeat contributors, finding innumerable ways to make good articles better by means of her restless curiosity and indefatigable reading. All associated with the volume (as well as its readers) continue to be grateful for her persistence with intractabilities. The editor’s deepest personal thanks are extended also to the dedicatee of this volume.

6Contributions for Yeats Annual No. 22 and later issues should reach me, preferably by email as soon as possible after publication of this volume at or at The Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

7A style sheet, instructions for the submission of articles to the Editorial Board and consequent editorial procedures will be found at our website,​publications/​yeats-annual where it is also possible to find full information about, and to purchase, in-print numbers from the Yeats Annual backlist. The website is being further developed to complement the online and print availability of the current issues through the publisher at​section/​39/​1.

8Professor John Kelly of St. John’s College, Oxford is General Editor of The Collected Letters of w. b. Yeats. Later years of the letters are now available in the InteLex electronic edition, which is now online at​collections/​130 but which presently includes only the first three fully annotated volumes as well as the ‘B’ text of all subsequent letters which have come to light. Priority in the publication of newly discovered letters remains, however, with the print-based volumes, the fifth of which is shortly to be published by the Clarendon Press.

9Colin Smythe (po Box 6, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 8XA, UK, is completing his revision of the Wade-Alspach Bibliography for Colin Smythe Ltd., while an authorised edition of Yeats’s Occult Diaries, 1898–1901 is being prepared by Deirdre Toomey and myself. We continue to revise A. Norman Jeffares’ New Commentary on the Poems of w. b. Yeats. All the above would be very grateful to hear of new letters, and to receive new information from readers.

10We are grateful to receive offprints and review copies and other bibliographical information (acknowledged at the end of each volume).


Emeritus Professor of English Literature in the University of London, and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies (in the School of Advanced Study), of which he was Founder-Director 1999–2013. He is co-author of Joachim of Fiore and the Myth of the Eternal Evangel in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (1988, rev. 2001), and co-editor of The Secret Rose, Stories by w. b. Yeats: A Variorum Edition (1981, rev. 1992), The Collected Letters of w. b. Yeats, Volume II, 1896–1900 (1997), and Mythologies (2005). He has edited Yeats Annual for thirty years.
Institute of English Studies, London, 31 December 2017.


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