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Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats

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The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin City, Dublin,
T: +353(0)16030277
E: yeats@nli.ie

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

The Yeats Collection, at Dublin's National Library of Ireland, is stored in 100 archival boxes and occupies 24 meters of shelf space.

At the exhibition, visitors can trace Yeats' family tree as it descends 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 himself 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.