"Whether you are reading Yeats for the first time or have been reading him for a lifetime, this Dictionary will enhance your appreciation of the work."—Seamus Heaney
"An encyclopedic, informative compilation of names and places in Yeat's poetry that will be of value not only to Yeats scholars but to the general public."—William M. Murphy, author of Prodigal Father: The Life of John Butler Yeats and Family Secrets: William Butler Yeats and His Relatives
This is the first dictionary to identify, chart, and explain in context the many proper names and place names that so famously enrich the poetry of William Butler Yeats and, just as famously, anchor that poetry to Ireland. In compiling this work, Lester I. Conner has relied upon Yeats’s own prose, the principal Yeats criticism, and the writings of Yeats’s friends and critics. The result is a work that warmly ushers us into the poems, where we find we are not strangers after all.