Literary Ireland

Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats

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The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin City, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)16030277

The National Library of Ireland has a largest collection of W.B. Yeats manuscripts in the world, donated by the Yeats family. Located in Dublin City, the library is home to the Yeats Collection, which comprises more than 2,000 items.

The Yeats Collection at the library is stored in 100 archival boxes and occupying 24 meters of shelf space.

In the exhibition, visitors can trace W.B. Yeats' descent from the conventional Pollexfen and Yeats families, through his unconventional father (a lawyer turned artist) and his increasingly silent and depressed mother, to W.B. Yeats and his brother and sisters, who became the single most significant artistic family in 20th-century Ireland.

An interactive experience is available to help visitors gain a sense of Yeats' imagination.