The exhibit will draw extensively upon the Bums Library archives of the Cuala Press
and designer Eva McKee, with supplemental loans from private collectors.
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.
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.