The latest volume in this esteemed collection gathers together - for the first time - all of the preeminent poet's time-honoured essays on drama and the groundbreaking movement that led to the enduring Irish theatre of today.
Although the reputation of W.B.Yeats as one of the preeminent writers of the twentieth-century rests primarily on his poetry, drama and the theatre were among his abiding concerns. The Irish Dramatic Movement gathers together for the first time all his major dramatic criticism for the years 1899-1919, including previously uncollected material. A practising dramatist himself, Yeats had strong convictions about the goals of the Irish theatre and the appropriate plays to be produced. The essays in this new collection address many topics, from the turbulent early years of that that became the Abbey Theatre, to the controversies over the plays of John Millington Synge, to the relationship between drama and nationalism. Also evident are Yeats's judgements on numerous plays, playwrights and productions, both in Irish and English.
The Irish Dramartic Movement is an essential volume for readers of Yeats as well as students of the early years of twentieth-century theatre.