Letters to the New Island

From 1888 to 1892 W.B.Yeats contributed a series of essays on literature and Irish folklore to two American newspapers, the Boston Pilot' and Providence Sunday Journal . These pieces show his intense engagement with current books, plays, personalities and controversies. They also make major statements about the issues of cultural nationalism and theatrical reform that preoccupied the poet. Newly edited, annotated and introduced, this collection offers a glimplse of Yeats as an active polemicist, critic and all-round man of letters.