The inscription is to Mrs Ruth Shine, the sister of Hugh Lane. Lane's 'heroic attempt to do Dublin good' was his protracted project to establish a Dublin gallery of modern art against some considerable opposition. His death on board the Lusitania in 1915 led Yeats and Lady Gregory (Lane's aunt) to argue that an unwitnessed codicil to Lane's will should be respected, but their efforts were in vain.
This volume includes a pencil note on page 76 by Lady Gregory noting that the poem 'An Appointment' was 'written at Coole when W.B.Y. rec[eive]d a telegram saying that Count Plunkett – and not Hugh – had been appointed to the Dublin Museum.' This refers to the appointment in 1907 of George Noble, Count Plunkett (1851–1948) to the directorship of the National Museum of Science and Art.
There are several inserted newspaper clippings (including two from Radio Times relating to Yeats broadcasting on the BBC). There is also a typescript of a poem ('When Yeats Shakes Hands') apparently published in the Chicago Tribune which is on headed notepaper from Coole Park.
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