The New International Encyclopædia/Yeats, William Butler

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YEATS, William Butler (1865—). A British critic and poet. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, but passed most of his childhood in Sligo. He took part in founding the Irish Literary Society and the National Literary Society of Dublin, and contributed to the awakened interest in the legends and the literature of Ireland. As a poet he is agreeably Irish in manner and theme. In 1903 he visited the United States and lectured at some of the principal universities. Among his publications are: Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry (1888); The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems (1889); John Sherman (1891); The Countess Kathleen and Various Legends and Lyrics (1892); A Book of Irish Verse, from modern writers (1895): Poems (1895); The Secret Rose, a series of short stories (1897); The Wind Among the Reeds, poems (1899); The Shadowy Waters, a blank verse drama in one act (1900); Cathleen ni Hoolihan (1902). With E. J. Ellis he edited the Works of William Blake (1893), and Ideas of Good and Evil, volume of essays (1903).