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William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)


Cormac McCarthy named his most famous novel ''No Country For Old Men'' after the first line of Yeats' Iconic poem ''Sailing to Byzantium''. See more trivia »

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 1998 Talk of Angels (poem "Down by the Salley Gardens" - uncredited)
 1998 Dancing at Lughnasa (poem "Down by the Salley Gardens" - as W.B. Yeats)
 1997 Those Images That Yet Fresh Images Beget (Short) (quotation)
 1976 Teatro Club (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- El unicornio de las estrellas (1976) ... (play)
 1973 Høgejumfruen (TV Movie) (texts - as W.B. Yeats)
 1966 Näyttelijäkuningatar (TV Movie) (play "The Player Queen")
 1965 Deirdre (TV Movie) (story)
 1957 Oedipus Rex (English translation)
 1948 The Land of Heart's Desire (TV Short) (play - as W.B. Yeats)
 1946 The Words Upon the Window Pane (TV Movie) (play by - as W.B. Yeats)
 1938 Deirdre (TV Movie) (play - as W.B. Yeats)
 1938 The Words Upon the Window Pane (TV Movie) (as W.B. Yeats)
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 2006 Dasepo Naughty Girls (lyrics: "He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven")
 1998 Dancing at Lughnasa (as W.B. Yeats, "Down by the Salley Gardens")
 1992 Olivier, Olivier (lyrics: "Les Anges" - as W.B. Yeats)
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 2005 On a Clear Day (poet: "To a child dancing in the wind")
 1966 Sunday Night (TV Series documentary) (subject - 1 episode)
- Horseman, Pass By! (1966) ... (subject)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote English version of "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles. Tragedy (revival). Directed by Michel Saint-Denis. New Century Theatre: 20 May 1946-22 Jun 1946 (15 performances). Cast included: Julie Harris, Margaret Leighton, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson. NOTE: This production played in repertory with "The Critic". See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

W.B. Yeats

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Personal Quote:

Talent perceives differences; genius, unity. See more »


His name is mentioned in The Cranberries' song Yeat's Grave from the No Need To Argue album See more »

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