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W. B. Yeats's A VisionExplications and Contexts$
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Neil Mann, Matthew Gibson, and Claire Nally

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780983533924

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780983533924.001.0001

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Reflected Voices, Double Visions1

Reflected Voices, Double Visions1

(p.269) Reflected Voices, Double Visions1
W. B. Yeats's A Vision

Margaret Mills Harper

Liverpool University Press

This essay outlines the collaboration of George Yeats and W. B. Yeats in the creation of the automatic script and the system that grew out of it, published as A Vision. It considers her role and importance, the nature of her mediumship, and of the spirit “communicators,” using both the Yeatses’ own terms of reference and more generally accepted ones. After an examination of the differences in emphasis and immediacy of expression in the two versions of A Vision, the essay looks at the development of A Vision from the first to second version in the light of the relationship between Yeats’s “Leo Africanus” letters and Per Amica Silentia Lunae (1917), and how these works in turn look forward to A Vision. Throughout, it highlights key questions of expression, voice, and authenticity, of authority and authorship, of invention and discovery.

Keywords:   automatic script, A Vision, George Yeats, Leo Africanus, mediumship, Per Amica Silentia Lunae, George Yeats, W B Yeats

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