The Land of Heart's Desire



  • An early verse play by W. B. Yeats. It was first performedin 1894 at the Avenue Theatre, London, and later became part of theAbbey Theatre's repertory. Based on an Irish legend abouta fairy who takes on the disguise of a child in order to lure awaythe young wife of an older farmer, the play also reflects Yeats'sinterest in the symbolist drama of Maurice Maeterlinck andhis unrequited love for the beautiful revolutionary Maude Gonne. Yeatswrote the play at the request of the actress Florence Farr, who managedthe Avenue Theatre, to provide a part for her eight-year-old niece.It was staged in a double bill with Shaw's Arms and the Man,also receiving its first production.