W. B. Yeats Exhibition

An exhibit celebrating the life of W. B. Yeats, curated by me, Heather Dean, and Chloe Powell, is now open in the Legacy Maltwood Gallery, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library from August 22, 2015-January 18, 2016. (downstairs in the lower level)
From the University of Victoria Library’s Website:
Celebrating W.B. Yeats at 150, Exhibition: August 22-January 18, Legacy Maltwood
Celebrating W.B. Yeats at 150, Exhibition: August 22-January 18, Legacy Maltwood
Celebrating W.B. Yeats at 150

2015 marks 150 years since the birth of Irish poet and Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats in 1865. This exhibition explores Yeats’ work as a noted poet and playwright as illuminated by artwork, rare books, and printed ephemera drawn from the University of Victoria’s Legacy Gallery and Special Collections and University Archives. A prolific author, Yeats’ writings can be traced not only in his books, but also through his contributions to magazines and to the theatre. Yeats’ first publication Mosada: A Dramatic Poem was originally published in the Dublin University Review and throughout his career Yeats’ writings were widely distributed through his contributions to magazines and journals. Yeats’ involvement in the theatre, most notably the Irish Literary Theatre (which became the Abbey Theatre) represented an important creative and political outlet for Yeats. In addition to penning plays for production, Yeats also participated in managing the theatre, from selecting plays to hiring (and firing) actors. The exhibition also features unique items documenting the artistry of Yeats’ family, including his father John Butler Yeats, brother Jack Butler Yeats, and sisters Susan Mary Yeats (Lily) and Elizabeth Corbet Yeats (Lollie), all of whom were artists of note.”


  2 Replies to “W. B. Yeats Exhibition”

  1. November 2, 2015 at 16:15

    I wish I’d been able to see this. When I was a student at UVic, in the last century, I worked for a term in Special Collections and I remember the print of the wonderful August John portrait of Yeats in the reading room there. I lived in Ireland a year or two after that and I was practically penniless so didn’t buy any of the Cuala Press broadsheets at Kenney’s Bookstore in Galway. Yeats never grows dull…

    • admin
      November 2, 2015 at 16:52

      Hi Theresa,
      Thank you for your comment. The show is up until January, so if you happen to be in Victoria, we’d love to have you come by.

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