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Typescripts of poems and prose by W.B. Yeats , annotated by Yeats, 1920s

MS. Don. c. 187
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

The typescripts were originally enclosed in a variety of paper wrappers in the following order:

  1. (fols. 1-2) a James B. Pinker and Son wrapper formerly containing fols. 3-41
  2. (fols. 3-4) a Pinker wrapper formerly containing fols. 5-8
  3. (fols. 9-10) a Pinker wrapper formerly containing fols. 11-16
  4. (fols. 17 and 26) two covers formerly stab-bound to enclose fols. 18-25
  5. (fols. 42-43) a Pinker wrapper formerly containing fols. 44-114

The typescripts have been marked up throughout by a printer, with amendments in ink in Yeats' hand. The poems are also signed by him. There are additional (pencil) amendments in an unidentified hand in 'Upon a dying Lady' and in the typescripts of 'Four Years'. Texts comprise:

  1. (fols. 5-8) 'More Songs of an Old [Pensioner] Countryman'
  2. (fols. 11-16) 'All Souls' Night'
  3. (fols. 18-25) 'Upon a dying Lady', with (fol. 27) a postcard from Jon Stallworthy to an unidentified recipient, 1961, discussing (fol. 28) a modern typescript (made by Stallworthy?), 'An unpublished fragment of "Upon a Dying Lady". Perhaps intended to be part II or III'
  4. (fols. 31-41) 'Meditations in Time of Civil War'
  5. (fols. 44-114) 'Four Years. 1887-1891', comprising:(fols. 44-75) a top copy typescript of sections I-XI (fols. 76-114) an untitled carbon of sections XII-XXI


  • Creation: 1920s


114 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Don. c. 187

Physical Facet

The typescripts were enclosed in paper wrappers. The name of the literary agent Pinker has been scribbled out and labels 'A.P. Watt & Son' substituted (now fols. 8, 11, 18, 31b and 76b). A modern slipcase in which the manuscripts were housed has been discarded.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom