Lot 679: William Butler Yeats

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2015-06-29 15:00:42

Lot 679: ALS signed "W. B. Yeats," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, August 12, 1897. Letter to French critic Henri Davray, who translated several of his works. In full: "A very great many thanks for your charming notice of my poems in The 'Mercure de France.' It is a most delicate criticism, & I think it is not merely the natural particulars of the writer praised in it, that makes me think it a most delicate example of the difficult art of praise. I shall look forward to your essay in 'l'Ermitage' with expected pleasure. I do not know whether I mentioned in my last letter apropos of yours & Mr. Merrill's interest in Elles's smug book on Blake, that I am now doing some articles on Blake in 'The Savvy' which, if Mr. Stuart Merrill has not seen it, I would gladly send to you for him. You yourself see 'The Savvy' I believe regularly. Very many thanks for your thoughts of translating 'The Little Twilight.' I shall publish this autumn a book of phantastic stories called 'The Secret Rose' which will interest you I think; Rosa Alchemica is one of the stories & the rest are something after the same fashion." In fine condition. Indeed published in 1897, Yeats's "phantastic stories" in The Secret Rose are concerned with occultism and preoccupied with metaphor, symbolism, and restless heroes who seek forbidden knowledge. Superior content on his own work. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453 Sunday, 17th May 2015 Estimate: $600-800
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