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A Living Legacy: Irish Art from the Collection of Brian P. Burns

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W. B. Yeats
1865-1939
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, TO ERNEST BOYD
asking permission to propose him as an associate member of the Irish Academy of Letters ("...I think you will be elected, though there is of course no certainty in such things, especially in this argumentative country..."), 1 page, 8vo, headed stationery of Riversdale, Dublin, 21 March [1932-39], mounted alongside a photographic portrait of the artist
pen and ink with photograph
letter: 20 by 12.5cm., 8 by 5in.; photograph: 14 by 10cm., 5½ by 4in.
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Provenance

The Kenneth W. Rendell Gallery, New York

Catalogue Note

“May I propose to you for one of the two vacancies among the ‘associate members’ of the Irish Academy of Letters’. AE will I think second. I think you will be elected, though there is of course no certainty in such things, especially in this argumentative country. At present I know of only one other candidate Desmond J McCarthy. Please let me have a cable if you consent…”

Ernest Boyd was the Irish-American critic and author of Contemporary Drama of Ireland (1917) and Ireland’s Literary Renaissance (1922). The Irish Academy of Letters, which he is here invited to join, was established by Yeats and G.B. Shaw in 1932 to represent Irish writers, and in particular to campaign against censorship in the Irish Free State.

AE, pseudonym of George William Russell, was the poet and mystic who was a leading figure in the Irish literary renaissance of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. AE met Yeats when he attended the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin.

A Living Legacy: Irish Art from the Collection of Brian P. Burns

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