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Yeats: The Family Collection

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[W. B. Yeats]--Photographs
COLLECTION OF FOUR SMALL SILVER PRINTS OF W.B. YEATS WITH THE SWAMI
showing the writer and Hindu teacher shaking hands, seated in wicker chairs, and on a bench, one of the Swami alone standing and leaning on lion statue, (each 85 x 90mm, one smaller), contained in local developer's photo wallet ("Foto Balear. G. Orsinger, Plaza de Gomila, 4...Palma de Mallorca"), 1935 or 1936
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These photographs of the writer and the Swami were taken in Mallorca in either 1935 or early 1936, when the two met to collaborate on translations of The Ten Principal Upanishads, later published by Faber and Faber in 1938. Yeats had become very interested in the writings and reflections of the Indian sage Shri Purohit Swami in 1934-5 -- almost as much, Roy Foster records, as he had twenty-five years earlier in Rabindranath Tagore --and subsequently wrote the introduction to the Swami's autobiography. He spent the winter of 1935–6 in Majorca with him "hoping to achieve a fruitful collaboration in spiritual and literary terms. But the episode ended disastrously: Yeats suffered his most serious illness yet, his latest admirer, Margot Ruddock, followed them to the island and produced a spectacular nervous breakdown, while an embittered female camp follower of the Swami's was only just dissuaded from precipitating a scandal..." (Roy Foster, Oxford DNB)

Yeats: The Family Collection

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