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

MS. Don. c. 187

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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Stallworthy to an unidentified recipient, 1961, discussing (fol. 28) a modern typescript (made by Stallworthy?), 'An unpublished fragment of "Upon a Dying Lady".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


  • 1920s


114 Leaves


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

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom