Yeats, despite seeing himself as a late romanticist, is primarily significant for his role he played in modernist Irish culture. William Butler Yeats was his elder brother. The writers Synge and Masefield were both close friends; Masefield’s suggestion led to the month-long walking tour in the west of Ireland taken by Synge (as writer) and Yeats (as illustrator). Yeats met Twain on his only visit to the U.S., and Kokoschka when the Austrian was in Ireland. He was keenly supported by MacGreevy, corresponded with Sickert, counted Beckett as a close friend, and was visited regularly in his nursing home by O’Doherty.