Cuala Press


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Cuala Press

(ko͞o`lä), private printing press founded in Dundrum, Ireland, in 1902 by Elizabeth and Lily Yeats, the sisters of William Butler Yeats. Called the Dun Emer Press until 1908, it began as part of a larger company whose purpose was to provide employment for Irish women. Until it ceased operation in the late 1940s, the press followed a program of publishing works by contemporary Irish writers and new editions and translations of Irish classics. Its publications emphasized literary merit rather than fine printing. Among the authors whose works were published by the Cuala Press are Yeats, Lionel Johnson, Lady Gregory, John Millington Synge, John Masefield, and Louis MacNeice.
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other outstanding resources include the dix collection of mainly 17th and 18th century dublin and irish imprints, the yeats collection, the children~s book collection and imprints of publishers such as the dun emer and cuala press.
Taking inspiration from Morris's Kelmscott Press, the Yeats sisters were founders of the Dun Emer and later Cuala Press, both of which produced finely printed hand-bound books.
Gill & Macmillan, the Cuala Press, Maunsel, Faber, the Dolmen Press etc.
He also refers to the 'cultural nationalism' that led Elizabeth Yeats to found the Cuala Press (advised by Emery Walker) and Lily Yeats to embark on an embroidery workshop after eight years working with May Morris.
Yeats was famous; his father was painting portraits; the sisters were learning the arts which would enable them to set up the Cuala Press back in Dublin; Jack Yeats was making precocious illustrations for the London comic papers.
Yeats was so impressed with the Noh form as to use it in his own work, and published some Pound translations at the Cuala Press, in 1916.
The Cuala Press and its predecessor, the Dun Emer Press, are well known as important private presses of the twentieth century operated primarily by working women.
Small presses in particular, such as Dun Emer and Yeats's Cuala Press, performed an important function in resisting commercial book production and in drawing attention "to the expressive possibilities of language's necessarily material conditions" (p.
His development of a unique version of the serial poem (via his Peppercanister Press editions of his own poetry, occasional and otherwise, as if in hybridic emulation of Cuala Press and Blakean illuminations) seem at least worth mention.
She had her Cuala Press 'girls' taught Irish, and sent them to the Abbey Theatre so as to foster Irish culture.
Other outstanding resources include the dix collection of mainly 17th and 18th century dublin and irish imprints, the yeats collection, the children~~~~s book collection and imprints of publishers such as the dun emer and cuala press.
This book does not by any means replace Gifford Lewis's book, The Yeats Sisters and the Cuala, nor Liam Miller's The Dun Emer Press, Later the Cuala Press, nor The Painted Word: Samuel Beckett's Dialogue with Art by Lois Oppenheim, nor Hilary Pyle's biographical studies, nor Bruce Arnold's important biographies of those painters, Jack B.