Yeats at Notre Dame

Selected Poems/ Yeats. Macmillan 1921 (Hesburgh Libraries)

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) is widely considered to be one of the greatest literary figures of the 20th century.
In 1923, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Yeats visited Notre Dame twice—in 1904 and 1933.

Our Hesburgh Libraries' Irish Studies Collection contains a rich collection of Yeats books, including several first editions.

Our Institute is exploring opportunities on campus and in Ireland that will contribute to scholarship on Yeats and illuminate his work, particularly for a new generation of students.

To formally inaugurate our "Yeats at Notre Dame" initiative, we will host a lecture by James Flannery, Professor Emeritus, Emory University, and Founding Director of the W. B. Yeats Foundation. A  Yeats postdoctoral fellow will start at the Institute in Fall 2022, and we plan to host exhibits, hold a graduate seminar, and initiate other Yeats-themed activities for faculty, students, and the campus community.



Portrait of W. B. Yeats after John Singer Sargent. Frontispiece, Yeats, W. B. The Poems. London: Macmillan, 1921.
Hesburgh Libraries, Irish Studies Collection