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YEATS, William Butler (1865-1939). Two autograph letters signed, the first to Dorothy Paget (later Mrs Percy Rhodes), 18 Woburn Buildings, n.d. [1899], 2 pages, 8vo (spotted), autograph envelope addressed to Miss Paget at the Gaiety Theatre; the second to [her daughter] Mrs Rhodes, Athenaeum Club, 15 September [n.y.], 1½ pages, 8vo; and a letter by Winifred Emery.

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YEATS, William Butler (1865-1939). Two autograph letters signed, the first to Dorothy Paget (later Mrs Percy Rhodes), 18 Woburn Buildings, n.d. [1899], 2 pages, 8vo (spotted), autograph envelope addressed to Miss Paget at the Gaiety Theatre; the second to [her daughter] Mrs Rhodes, Athenaeum Club, 15 September [n.y.], 1½ pages, 8vo; and a letter by Winifred Emery.

Explaining in the first letter that 'although you would please me better as the Countess Cathleen than anybody else will', he has been obliged to give the part to Miss Whitty, while preferring Dorothy's new style of acting which only he and Mrs Emery [the actress Florence Farr] have as yet accepted. He asks Mrs Rhodes about a portrait of Mrs Emery painted by Harry Paget, 'No portrait of Mrs Emery has ever been published though she has I think her place in history as well in the memory of friends & those who in their youth heard her recite'.

Dorothy Paget was the niece of Florence Farr, mistress of both Shaw and Yeats who had encouraged her in the chanting style of verse-speaking which Dorothy also practised. The Countess Cathleen was to be performed as part of the Irish Literary Theatre's programme in May 1899. (2)
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