Wrote extensively under the pseudonym AE (1867-1935), b Lurgan, Co Armagh; painter, poet, agrarian reformer. Editor, first
of the Irish Homestead (1905-23), and later of The Irish Statesman (1923-1930). Russell was one of the major figures of the
Irish Literary Renaissance, becominga mentor to many younger writers. MacGreevy and AE's relationship seemed to be an antagonistic
one, although their interaction was mostly professional regarding MacGreevy's submissions to The Irish Statesman. In 1932
Russell moved to England after becoming disillusioned with the Irish Free State. He died in Bournemouth three years later.
daughter of WB Yeats
Born Bertha Georgie Hyde-Lees in Wrexham. Married WB Yeats in October 1917. In 1919 their first child Anne was born, and in
1921, their son Michael. By the early 1920s George Yeats was active in Cuala Industries and The Dublin Drama League. MacGreevy
probably met George Yeats in 1919, and they remained friends until MacGreevy's death in 1967.
Born John Butler Yeats in London; younger brotherof WB Yeats, painter, dramatist, novelist and poet. Jack Yeats spent much
of his childhood in Sligo, and what little formal education he received, he received at a private school in Sligo. In 1887
the Yeats family returned to London, where Yeats attended art school. His first published illustrations appeared in 1888 in
the Vegetarian, in 1891 he began working for Paddock Life, and in late 1892 was a poster artist in Manchester. In 1894 Yeats
married Mary Cottenham White (known as Cottie). In 1910 the Yeatses moved to Dublin, a move which roughly coincided with Yeats's
change-over from watercolours to oil. In 1915 Yeats was elected a full member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, and had a reputation
as an artist of some note. By 1920, probably the year MacGreevy was introduced to Yeats, Yeats's style began to change; he
began to use paint more abundantly using a palette knife freely. Yeats's use of colour also became more daring. After MacGreevy
left Dublin in 1925, he always corresponded with Yeats, and called on him during his trips home. After MacGreevy's return
to Dublin in 1941, the relationship between the two men deepened into an extremely warm one. In 1945 MacGreevy's Jack B Yeats
was published by Victor Waddington Publications.
French poet, essayist, and critic. Valéry
is famous not only for his literary works such as La
Soirée avec Monsieur Teste, and symbolist and
post-symbolist poetry, but for the vast analytic
enterprise of his Cahiers, hundreds of notebooks
written nearly every day at dawn for over 50 years
without thought of publication. MacGreevy was
introduced to Valéry by William Stewart in
1926, when Valéry was at the height of his
fame. MacGreevy was taken with his work and began
translating his Introduction à la méthode de
Léonard de Vinci (1895) into English. After
several years of having difficulty in finding
a publisher, John Rodker brought out the
translation, to largely favourable reviews,
in April 1929.
critic, museum director, writer
Poet, literary and art critic, and administrator. Born in Tarbert, Co. Kerry, into a family of farmers and schoolteachers;
educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied politics and history.He is best known for his strikingly original modernist
poetry and for being one of the art critics who championed Irish modernist art and artists between the wars.
He was a prolific writer, publishing more than 350 articles, seven monographs, and a collection of poetry, Poems (1934). He
was director of the National Gallery of Ireland, 1950-1963.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Ireland
T S Eliot
b St Louis; poet, playwright and critic. Eliot moved to London in 1914 and resided there until his death, becoming a British
subject in 1927. MacGreevy met Eliot in May 1925 through a letter of introduction from WB Yeats. Eliot was generous to MacGreevy,
taking articles and book reviews regularly from him for The Criterion from 1925-27, and again in 1934, as well as being one
of the first to publish his poetry. The two men formed a professional relationship which bordered on the personal. Eliot was
very supportive of MacGreevy, writing several letters of introduction for him for various job opportunities. MacGreevy was
also one of the earliest critics of Eliot's poetry when in 1931 Chatto & Windus published his monograph TS Eliot. MacGreevy
and Eliot's relationship cooled between 1928-32 when MacGreevy's friendship with Richard Aldington was at its peak, as Aldington's
dislike for Eliot seemed to have rubbed off on MacGreevy.
Born William Butler Yeats in Sandymount, Dublin; poet, playwright, and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre. Brother of painter,
Jack B. Yeats. In 1886 'Mosada: A Dramatic Poem' was published, and two years later 'Poems and Ballads of Young Ireland' and
'Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry.' Yeats's interest in theatre began in the early 1890s, coinciding with his interest
in Irish legends and his studies of the occult. By Yeats's mid-thirties, his reputation as a poet was firmly established,
not only in Ireland, but in England and the United States. By the time MacGreevy met Yeats, perhaps as early as 1919, Yeats
was at the height of his powers. MacGreevy soon became an intimate of the Yeats family, often calling into their house on
Merrion Square in the evenings. It is not clear why his friendship with the Yeatses cooled in the 1930s, and by the time he
moved back to Dublin in 1941, renewing his friendship with George Yeats, WB Yeats had died.
William Michael Yeats
Son of WB Yeats and George Yeats