John B. Yeats apparently stated that "someday I shall be remembered as the father of a great poet, and the poet is Jack." Jack B. Yeats wrote a number of plays including Harlequin Positions (1939), La La Noo (1942), and In Sand (1949). La La Noo was performed at the Abbey Theatre on 3 May 1942.
Yeats inscribes this copy with a section from the play, including a few mistranscriptions.
Gordon S. Armstrong in his study Samuel Beckett, W.B. Yeats, and Jack Yeats - Images and Words (London: Associated University Presses, 1990) notes the importance of Jack B. Yeats to Samuel Beckett:
Jack B. Yeats was practically a father figure - distant, revered, and much loved - for Beckett, the fledgling writer and Irish ex-patriot. The younger man paid the elder the highest praise - imitation. To know the art of Jack Yeats is to understand the work of Samuel Beckett.
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