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Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939.

W. B. (William Butler) Yeats letter to George MacDonald

1938 and undated

Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F325

Creator: Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939.

Title: W. B. (William Butler) Yeats letter to George MacDonald

Inclusive Dates: 1938 and undated

Extent: 2 items (2 pp.)

Abstract: Letter from W. B. Yeats to George MacDonald and a letter from MacDonald's secretary to W. B. Yeats. These items were originally laid in W. B. Yeats's A Speech In Two Poems (1937).

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F325, W. B. (William Butler) Yeats letter to George MacDonald, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC MSS 099


Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL:


Unknown, 1989.


Processed and encoded by Debra Johnson, April 2007.

The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

William Butler Yeats, one of the twentieth century's best known poets, was also an accomplished Irish playwright and co-founder of the Irish Literary Theatre. Born on June 13, 1865, in Sandymount, Ireland, he was the eldest child of the renowned Irish painter, John Butler Yeats. W. B. Yeats died on January 28, 1939, in Roquebrune, France.


Draper, James P. and Susan M. Trosky (eds.) Contemporary Authors. New Revision Series, Volume 45. New York: Gale Research, Inc., 1995. pp. 483-491.

George MacDonald (1824–1905)

George MacDonald (1824–1905) was a Scottish author of poems, novels, and fairy tales.


"MacDonald, George, 1824–1905." Literature Online. (accessed April 10, 2007).

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a typed note signed by W. B. Yeats to Scottish writer George MacDonald which was originally laid in Yeats' A Speech & Two Poems (Special Collections call number: SPEC S22 PR 5904 .S63 1937). There is a response to Yeats' letter from George MacDonald's secretary stating that the book and letter have been received. This is dated March 9, 1938.

Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
MacDonald, George, 1824-1905.
Topical Terms
Authors, Irish--20th century--Correspondence.
Form/Genre Terms
Letters (correspondence)

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

MSS 126 William Butler Yeats Collection

Originally laid in W. B. Yeats (William Butler), A Speech and Two Poems (Dublin: Printed for W.B. Yeats at the Sign of the Three Candles Ltd., 1937). (Special Collections call number: SPEC S22 PR 5904 .S63 1937).

Detailed Contents List

W. B. (William Butler) Yeats letter to George MacDonald, 1938 and undated   [Box 18 F325]

One typed note signed with autograph additions and one typed carbon note not signed, 2 pp.