AE
1867 - 1935
writer, artist
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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.
Anne Yeats
1919 - 2001
artist
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daughter of WB Yeats
Aodh Ruadh O Domhnaill
1571 - 1602
leader
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Irish Chieftain
Catherine MacFarlane Jackson Carswell
1879 - 1946
writer
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b Glasgow; novelist, biographer, autobiographer, journalist and editor. She met M in March 1917 through her husband Donald. Her first novel, Open the Door! (1920) which was largely autobiographical, was based on her early life, up to her marriage with Carswell in 1915. After the war, M was a regular visitor to the Carswells at their various London addresses. Her friendship with M spanned nearly thirty years, from 1917 until her death in February 1946.
Donald Carswell
1882 - 1940
writer
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b Glasgow; writer, journalist, barrister and government official, serving with both The Home and Foreign Offices. M met Carswell in March 1917 at Woolwich where, for a number of weeks, they were assigned to the same sleeping quarters. Although Carswell returned to his post at The Home Office shortly after they met (while M continued a series of officer training courses) M remained in contact with Carswell until Carswell's death early in 1940 when he was mortally wounded by a car as he left his office late one night during a London blackout.
Edward Dowden
1843 - 1913
academic
Elizabeth Bowen
1899 - 1973
writer
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Following the nervous breakdown of her father in 1905, Bowen and her mother moved to England. She began an art education in London, but abandoned it believing she had a lack of ability. She took up creative writing instead and published her first volume of short stories in 1923. She continued to publish volumes of stories and novels through the 60s as well as essays and reviews for magazines. Following her husband's death in 1952 she visited the United States yearly to lecture and work as a writer in residence.
Ezra Pound
1885 - 1972
writer
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b Hailey, Idaho; poet, editor and critic. After graduating from University of Pennsylvania, Pound went to Europe, first to Italy, where he published his first collection of poems, 'A Lume Spento' (1908) then to London (1908-20). Pound was a ceaseless promoter of other artists' and writers' work, as well as of issues he considered important. What little interaction he had with M, roughly between late 1928-1930 centred on the promotion of Gaudier-Brzeska's work, the Censorship in Ireland, and M's monograph 'TS Eliot.'
Francis Drake
1545 - 1596
explorer
Geoffrey Phibbs
1900 - 1956
writer, editor
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b Norfolk (later in life changed his surname to Taylor) raised in Sligo, at the family home at Lisheen; educated at Haileybury. He enlisted in the Officer's Training Corps attached to Queen's University, but the Armistice was signed before he saw action. Phibbs first began publishing poetry in the early 1920s, and by 1928 had two books published with the Hogarth Press (which were, to a large extent, underwritten by Phibbs). In 1924 he married the painter Norah McGuinness, but the marriage broke up when he entered into a ménage ô quatre in 1929 with Robert Graves, Laura Riding, and Graves's wife, Nancy Nicholson (with whom Phibbs later lived when the ménage broke up). Phibbs first met M c 1922 while working as a Carnegie Librarian, and the two had a lively correspondence until Phibbs's abandonment of McGuinness. He died in Dublin.
George Yeats
1893 - 1968
artist, writer
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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.
Herbert Vincent Reade
1893 - 1968
writer, critic
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modern art critic
Hester Meredith Travers-Smith
1868 - 1949
psychic
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Daughter of Edward Dowden, Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin. She was probably introduced to MacGreevy in 1919, and remained intouch with him throughout most of her life. In November 1920 she moved to London, and in 1923 rented a house at 15 Cheyne Gardens. That house, and a later residence at number 17, became MacGreevy's home for the greater part of the time he lived in London (1925-27; 1933-41). Travers Smith was a professional medium, and formed her first circle in 1914. She was conducting a s?ance in the presence of Lennox Robinson when the Lusitania was sunk, and claims to have received a message from Hugh Lane who was one of the drowned. She continued her psychic work in London, writing several books on psychic matters, including one entitled 'Psychic Messages from Oscar Wilde.' She died in London.
Igor Stravinsky
1882 - 1971
composer
Lady Augusta Gregory
1859 - 1932
writer
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b Co Galway; playwright, collector of folk
material, translator, co-founder of the Abbey
Theatre. In 1880 she married the Rt Hon Sir William
Gregory in Dublin. In 1892 William Gregory died, and
two years later she met WB Yeats. In 1897 Yeats
spent the first of twenty summers at Coole Park,
Lady Gregory's home. In 1899 she and Yeats founded
the Irish Literary Theatre, which later became the
Abbey Theatre, in which she continued to be involved
until her death. In 1921 the reconstituted Irish
Advisory Committee of the Carnegie United Kingdom
Trust was established, with Lady Gregory as one of
its members. Through the Trust, she began a short
(probably through 1925), but amicable working
relationship with MacGreevy.
Lady Hazel Lavery
1887 - 1935
artist
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Painter. Married to Sir John Lavery. Born Chicago. Born Hazel Jenner Martyn. Former married name Hazel Trudeau.
Lennox Robinson
1886 - 1958
writer
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b Co Cork; also known as Tinche. In 1897, after seeing an Abbey production at the Cork Opera House, Robinson began to write plays. His first play, 'The Clancy Name, a Tragedy in One Act,' was performed on 8 October 1908 at the Abbey in Dublin. In 1909 Robinson was appointed producer of plays and manager of the Abbey by WB Yeats and Lady Gregory.In 1915 Robinson was hired by the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust to act as part-time Organising Librarian for Newcastle West and Rathkeale (See CUKT). In 1919 Robinson met MacGreevy, and in 1920 when he was hired as Secretary to the newly-established Irish Advisory Committee of the CUKT, he recommended MacGreevy to the Committee as Assistant Secretary. MacGreevy remained Assistant Secretary until 1925, when the Irish Advisory Committee was dissolved due to pressure from the Church. On 8 September 1930, Robinson married Dolly Travers Smith, a union which seemed to have surprised everyone who knew them well. MacGreevy took the announcement of the engagement particularly badly, yet, resumed his friendship with Dolly and Lennox, albeit not at the level previously enjoyed. Even before Robinson's marriage to Dolly Travers Smith, MacGreevy and Robinson's relationship seemed to alternate between love and hate. Nevertheless, MacGreevy and Robinson remained in correspondence until Robinson's death..
Leonardo da Vinci
1452 - 1519
artist, scientist
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Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist. Apprenticed to Andrea Verrocchio (c.1470). He came under the patronage of Lorenzo de Medici and in 1472 became a master, and a member of the guild of St. Luke. In (1482-99) became artist and technical advisor on architecture and engineering to Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. In 1502 he became military engineer to Cesare Borgia. Worked in Florence (1503-06), Milan (1505-13), Rome (1513-16). In 1517 he joined the court of the French king Francis I, he lived at the royal Chateau de Cloux, near Ambroise, until his death. He is especially noted for the breadth of his genius, as he left many notebooks containing his researches into anatomy, architecture, hydraulics, hydrology, geology, meteorology, mechanics, machinery and gears, military weaponry and fortifications, human and avian flight, optics, mathematics and botany. He was a master of expression, and the use of light and shadow. He painted two Annunciations (c.1472-77), Madonna and Child (c.1474), Portrait of a Young Lady (c.1475-78), St. Jerome (c.1480), Adoration of the Magi (1481), two Virgin of the Rocks (1483, 1508), Lady with an Ermine (c.1490), Last Supper (1495-97), Virgin and Child with St. Ann (1500), Madonna with Yarn-winder (1501), Mona Lisa (1503-06), Battle of Anghiari (1503-06), and St. John the Baptist (c.1516).
Leonardo Da Vinci
1452 - 1519
artist, scientist
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Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist. Apprenticed to Andrea Verrocchio (c.1470). He came under the patronage of Lorenzo de Medici and in 1472 became a master, and a member of the guild of St. Luke. In (1482-99) became artist and technical advisor on architecture and engineering to Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. In 1502 he became military engineer to Cesare Borgia. Worked in Florence (1503-06), Milan (1505-13), Rome (1513-16). In 1517 he joined the court of the French king Francis I, he lived at the royal Chateau de Cloux, near Ambroise, until his death. He is especially noted for the breadth of his genius, as he left many notebooks containing his researches into anatomy, architecture, hydraulics, hydrology, geology, meteorology, mechanics, machinery and gears, military weaponry and fortifications, human and avian flight, optics, mathematics and botany. He was a master of expression, and the use of light and shadow. He painted two Annunciations (c.1472-77), Madonna and Child (c.1474), Portrait of a Young Lady (c.1475-78), St. Jerome (c.1480), Adoration of the Magi (1481), two Virgin of the Rocks (1483, 1508), Lady with an Ermine (c.1490), Last Supper (1495-97), Virgin and Child with St. Ann (1500), Madonna with Yarn-winder (1501), Mona Lisa (1503-06), Battle of Anghiari (1503-06), and St. John the Baptist (c.1516).
Leonard Woolf
1880 - 1969
publisher
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Was a civil servant in Ceylon from 1904-11. In 1912 he married Virginia Stephen, and five years later they founded The Hogarth Press. He was also editor of 'The Nation' (1923-30). M was introduced to Woolf through TS Eliot in 1925, and until M left for Paris (Feb 1927) Woolf gave him small literary reviews to do on a fairly regular basis. In 1928 M submitted a collection of poetry to The Hogarth Press which was ultimately rejected by Lady Gerald Wellesley, their poetry editor at the time.
Matthew Arnold
1822 - 1888
writer
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English poet and critic. Author of many collections of poetry, including The Strayed Reveler and Other Poems (1849), Empedocles on Etna and Other Poems (1852), Poems (1853), Merope, a dramatic poem (185) and New Poems (1867). He was Professor of poetry at Oxford (1857-67), and an extremely influential critic of literature and culture. His essays include On Translating Homer (1861-62), Culture and Anarchy (1869) and On the Study of Celtic Literature (1867).
Maurice Greiffenhagen
1862 - 1931
artist
Paul Valery
1871 - 1945
writer
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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.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
1792 - 1822
writer
Pierre Corneille
1606 - 1684
writer
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dramatist
Reginald Grundy
editor
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(fl 1925-33) was editor of The Connoisseur during
the time MacGreevy worked on the publication
(1925-27). MacGreevy served first on the staff, and
later as Assistant Editor, writing many book and art
reviews. The extent of MacGreevy's contribution to
The Connoisseur can not be ascertained as most of
his articles were unsigned and none of the
magazine's records seem to have been preserved.
Richard Aldington
1892 - 1962
writer
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b Portsmouth, Hampshire; poet, novelist, literary critic, biographer and translator. Before the Great War Aldington had been one of the founders of Imagism (which also included Ezra Pound, and Aldington's first wife, HD). During the war (from December 1916 through the Armistice) he served as a non-commissioned officer, then as Second Lieutenant, and finally as Battalion Signal Officer in France with the 11th (Service) Battalion, The Leicestershire Regiment. MacGreevy met Aldington, probably in June 1928, at James Joyce's apartment. At that first meeting Aldington was instrumental in helping MacGreevy to secure a publisher for his Introduction to the Method of Leonardo da Vinci. Their friendship blossomed, however, from October 1928 when Aldington and Brigit Patmore (his companion from 1928 through 1936) returned to Paris. Through Aldington, MacGreevy was introduced to two of his publishers, Charles Prentice (of Chatto & Windus) and AS Frere (at Heinemann).
Sergey Pavlovich Diaghilev
1827 - 1929
critic
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art critic and impresario
Sir Horace Plunkett
1854 - 1932
politician, writer
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b Sherbourne, Gloucestershire; was educated at Eton and Oxford. In 1878 he formed the Dunsany Co-operative Society, the first of many Co-operative ventures throughout his life. In 1892 he was elected to Parliament as a representative for South Dublin, and in 1902 knighted. In 1913 Plunkett became a Trustee of the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, and two years later hired Lennox Robinson as a part-time Organising Librarian for Newcastle West and Rathkeale (see CUKT). M first met Plunkett through Robinson early in 1920, and on 1 August he visited Plunkett's home, Kilteragh, for the first time. M's contacts with Plunkett were mostly professional, and ceased in 1925 when the Irish Advisory Committee of the CUKT was dissolved. Plunkett died at Weybridge.
Stephane Mallarme
1842 - 1898
writer
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poet
Thomas MacGreevy
1893 - 1967
critic, museum director, writer
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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
1888 - 1965
writer
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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.
Violet Bonham-Carter
1887 - 1969
politician
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Daughter of Asquith. Married Maurice (Bongie) Bonham Carter in 1915. Bonham-Carter served as president of the Women's Liberal Federation from 1923-25), was appointed governor of the BBC in 1941, and was elected as the first female president of the Liberal Party in 1944. She also authored several books including Winston Churchill As I Knew Him (1965), Lantern Slides (1904-1914), Champion Redoubtable (1914-45) and Daring to Hope (1946-69).
Virginia Woolf
1882 - 1941
writer
Walter Rummel
1887 - 1953
composer, musician
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b Berlin; pianist and composer, som of the British pianist Franz Rummel and grandson of Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph; although an American citizen, most of his life was spent in Europe, where he was a friend of Debussy, premiering ten of his piano works, and of Ezra Pound, three of whose poems he set to music. In 1924 M reviewed a concert by Rummel held in Dublin. He was probably introduced to Rummel through George Yeats, who was a close friend, along with her mother and Olivia Shakespear. At Dulac's request he composed music for WBY's The Dreaming of the Bones.
WB Yeats
1865 - 1939
writer
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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
1921
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Son of WB Yeats and George Yeats