First published in 1970, this book includes all of the annual editions and also a final pamphlet of Samhain: October 1901 – November 1908, a literary magazine edited by W. B. Yeats. Samhain was one of the several magazines that the Irish Literary Theatre (later to become The Abbey Theatre) produced and it was born when the original magazine, Beltaine, came to an end in 1900. Yeats’s editorial role was essential to the publication which served to publicize the work of the Theatre, promote current works of Irish playwrights and challenging those of their English opponents.
The magazine mainly consists of a series of essays on the theatre in Dublin, and supplementing these are explanations and discussions of new plays, excerpts from which are often included. This book will be of interest to those with an interest in Yeats, early nineteenth-century literature, and Irish theatre.
Table of Contents
1. Number One, October 1901 2. Number Two, October 1902 3. Number Three, October 1903 4. Number Four, December 1904 5. Number Five, November 1905 6. Number Six, December 1906 7. Number Seven, November 1908 8. Paragraphs from the Forthcoming Number of "Samhain", 1909, never issued 9. Variation to the Cover of Number Six, December 1906