The National Library of Ireland has the largest collection of Yeats manuscripts in the world and, in addition, holds other fascinating Yeats material generously donated by Mrs George Yeats, wife of the poet, and Michael Yeats, the poet's son, over several years.
The Yeats Collection at the Library includes more than 2000 items, stored in 100 archival boxes, occupying 24 metres of shelf space. In the exhibition, visitors can trace WBY's descent from the conventional Pollexfen and Yeats families, through his unconventional father (a lawyer turned artist) and his increasingly silent and depressed mother, to WBY and his brother and sisters, who became the single most significant artistic family in twentieth-century Ireland.
Many places now associated with WBY, like Ben Bulben and Knocknarea, Coole Park and Thoor Ballylee, provided inspiration for his work, as did his imagining of more remote places like India, Japan and Byzantium, and his own childhood. A computer installation helps visitors get a taste of the worlds of WBY's imagination.
Free guided tour of the exhibition "Yeats: the life and works of William Butler Yeats" All welcome, no booking required.
Wednesdays at 1.00pm and saturdays at 3.00pm
Monday-Wednesday 9.30am to 7.45pm
Thursday-Friday 9.30am to 4.45pm
Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm (reading room closes at 12.45pm) Sunday 1.00pm to 5.00pm (exhibitions only) Open bank holidays 12.00pm to 5.00pm
Admission Admission is free
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