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W. B. Yeats, A Vision (1937)

Project Description

My colleague Prof Catherine Paul and I are preparing the first fully corrected and annotated scholarly edition of the occult philosophical book A Vision by W. B. Yeats. The book Yeats sometimes felt was his most important work, A Vision was written (and published, in a limited edition) between 1917 and 1925, then rewritten in the last decade of the poet’s life and published again in 1937. It is a strange and difficult work that illuminates many of his most famous and most powerful poems and plays. It is also an unusually collaborative work in that it had its genesis in mediumistic experiments in automatic writing, which Yeats undertook with his wife George Hyde Lees.

Our edition, part of the Collected Works of W. B. Yeats (Scribner), will bring an important text to new light, showing the Yeatses’ creative research into areas as diverse as Neoplatonism, Indian philosophy, Theosophy, spiritualism, Asian art, Idealist philosophy, anthropology, Italian philosophical and political thought, and modern theatre, in addition to world literature.

Principal Investigator

Prof. Margaret Mills Harper (UL)


Prof Catherine Paul

External Partners

Clemson University (South Carolina, USA)



Project Outputs

Publications related to the project: A Vision (1937)

Other related outputs/outcomes: Articles and conference papers derived from the primary research, an MA thesis and a PhD dissertation by students who are helping on the project.