The Countess Cathleen: Manuscript Materials

The Countess Cathleen: Manuscript Materials

by William Butler Yeats
     
 

Originally published in 1892, The Countess Cathleen aroused fierce controversy when it was first performed in 1899. The play was frequently revived and almost as often revised, becoming at various points in Yeats's career a decisive indicator of his relations with his literary and theatrical public, of his changing conception of dramatic form, and of the

Overview

Originally published in 1892, The Countess Cathleen aroused fierce controversy when it was first performed in 1899. The play was frequently revived and almost as often revised, becoming at various points in Yeats's career a decisive indicator of his relations with his literary and theatrical public, of his changing conception of dramatic form, and of the status of his pursuit of Maud Gonne, for whom the play was written.

This volume in the Cornell Yeats reproduces the complete set of extant manuscripts preceding the play's first publication and reassembles the extensive manuscript, proof, and authorial copy to present a crucial body of evidence of Yeats's work and thought in drama and theater over the course of three decades. The Cornell Yeats edition gives literatim transcriptions and photographic reproductions of all the holographic materials pertaining to the writing, revising, and rewriting of The Countess Cathleen from 1889 to 1934. It includes all textual variants from other sources such as typescript, corrected proofs, and prompt copies.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Cornell Yeats series, and particularly the editors of this volume of the manuscript materials of W.B. Yeat's play The Countess Cathleen, should be very highly commended for producing a book of this stature. . . The vast scope and comprehensive nature of this edition will make it invaluable to scholars. . . It will find its place in the study and the seminar room."—Declan Kiely, The South Carolina Review, Fall 2000

"The edition is divided into the five major periods of composition and revision. . . The result is a remarkable editorial feat of selection and arrangement to provide the scholar-critic with a complete and precise record of the play's complicated textual history. An invaluable table of revisions enables the reader to observe the most substantive changes from version to version."—Ronald Schuchard. Letters in Canada 1999, Vol. 70, No. 1, Winter 2000/2001

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801435508
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
05/13/1999
Series:
Cornell Yeats Series
Pages:
832
Product dimensions:
6.63(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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