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Extra info for A Critical Edition of Yeats’s a Vision (1925)
But Yeats almost surely did not have this Editorial Introduction xxxvii typescript in mind when he noted in VA that Book I was 'Finished at Thoor, Ballylee, 1922'. He was in Ballylee as late as 18 Sept (the date of the last notebook entry); on 9 Oct he had been in Dublin 'for a couple of weeks' when he wrote to Olivia Shakespear that he was 'busy writing out the system-getting a "Book A" written that can be typed and shown to intere~ted persons and talked over' (L 690). He refers to the typescript (131 pages) of three Parts, the first two of which were intended as divisions of 'Book A', as it was entitled and then crossed out at the top of page 3 (it was also labeled 'preliminary').
His plan is clear in a letter to Olivia on 18 Dec: 'If Laurie does not repent, a year from now should see the first half published. It will need another volume to finish it' (L 695). Presumably, Book B (originally Part III) was to be the other volume needed for completion of his plan. Although the typescript has only five pages of Part III, we can be relatively sure that it was to have contained the remainder of VA as Yeats then conceived it. Apparently, Yeats still had in mind two small books of two parts each on the order and indeed an extension of PASL.
Despite that note he dated only three of the Books: I ('Finished at Thoor, Ballylee, 1922, in a time of Civil War'), III ('Finished at Capri, February, 1925'), and IV ('Finished at Syracuse, January, 1925'). Besides two of the poems, he also dated the Dedicati