Yeats at 150 : Books from the Collection of Pat Keane
On April 9, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in the Bernat Room, as part of Le Moyne College’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats, Professor Emeritus Pat Keane will discuss some rare editions of books on display in the Noreen Reale Falcone Library, offer a few observations on Yeats as a Muse-inspired poet, and recite several of those Muse poems. Refreshments will be served. An exhibit of books from Dr. Keane’s collection will be on display in the Library.
The books on exhibit include several first printings, a first edition of the late rant, On the Boiler (1939), and two genuinely rare volumes: signed editions of the Fountain Press edition of The Winding Stair (1929), and of the Variorum Edition of the Poems of W. B. Yeats (1957). Pat Keane will discuss the provenance of both, explaining how it is that he owns a signed copy of a book published in 1957, almost two decades after the poet’s death.
This event is co-sponsored by the Noreen Reale Falcone Library, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the CNY Irish American Cultural Society, and the Irish Studies Program of Le Moyne College. For more information, contact Inga Barnello, email@example.com or (315) 445-4326.
PRODUCTION OF “THE MUSE AND MR. YEATS” CELEBRATES 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF BIRTH OF IRISH POET W.B. YEATS
On Saturday, April 11 at 4 p.m., there will be a staging of “The Muse and Mr. Yeats,” which tells the stories of the various women with whom the renowned author W.B. Yeats was romantically involved and served as his muses. It will be performed in Grewen Auditorium in Grewen Hall and is free and open to the public.
Described as “A Play For Voices,” it will be performed by Curlew Theatre Company, which is based in Ireland. It was first performed at Garrett FitzGerald Debating Chamber, University College Dublin in October 2013.
Performed by Tegolin Knowland and Seán Coyne, written, produced and directed by Eamon Grennan, it presents, one by one, the various women with whom W.B. Yeats was romantically involved, each one chosen in her turn as his “Muse”– inspirer and receiver, that is, of some of his best-known lyric poems.
By voicing a number of these poems, and by presenting the women themselves offering their own comments on their various “situations,” the play sketches a portrait of Yeats-in-love. The critical book, W.B.Yeats and the Muses by the American Yeats scholar, Joseph Hassett, as well as various biographies were used as sources in the composition of this hour-long dramatic work.
Sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Central New York Irish-American Cultural Society, and the Irish Literature Program at Le Moyne College. For more information, call (315) 445-4310.