The Countess Cathleen

  • Russell K. Alspach


The Countess Cathleen was the most complex of the plays to collate intelligibly, for Yeats changed it more than he did any of the others. In the first version, for instance, it had five scenes, in the next seven versions it had four acts, in the ninth version it became five scenes again—with an entirely new Scene IV—and remained so through the final version. The love scene between the Countess and Aleel at the beginning of Scene III was not inserted until the fourth printing.


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© Russell K. Alspach and Bertha Georgie Yeats 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell K. Alspach
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  1. 1.United States Military AcademyUSA

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