inspired by irish folklore, first published in 1892, first performed in 1899.
the sorrowful are dumb for thee--
lament of morion shehone for miss mary bourke
originally published in 1892, the countess cathleen aroused fierce controversy when it was first performed in 1899. the play was frequently revived and almost as often revised, becoming at various points in yeats’s career a decisive indicator of his relations with his literary and theatrical public, of his changing conception of dramatic form, and of the status of his pursuit of maud gonne, for whom the play was written. this volume in the cornell yeats reproduces the complete set of extant manuscripts preceding the play’s first publication and reassembles the extensive manuscript, proof, and authorial copy to present a crucial body of evidence of yeats’s work and thought in drama and theater over the course of three decades.