Bronislava Fominitshna Nijinska
1891 - 1972
dancer, choreographer
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Russian dancer, choreographer and teacher. She was a choreographer for the Ballet Russes in Paris from 1909 until her break with Diaghileff in 1925. During her years with the Ballet Russes she often worked closely with her brother Vaslav Nijinksy. In 1926 she became ballet mistress of the Teatro Col?n in Buenos Aires, and of the Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo from 1947. M was introduced to Nijinska through Constant Lambert. Lambert's Pomona, for which M wrote the theme, was premiered by Nijinska in Buenos Aires in 1927.
Constant Lambert
1905 - 1950
composer
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b London; composer, conductor and writer on music; educated at Christ's Hospital (1915-22), and the Royal College of Music on scholarship. Some of his early interests were French and Russian music, particularly for the ballet. He had a wide circle of writer-friends that included the Sitwells. By 1926, the year he met M, he had been introduced to Diaghileff, and was the first English composer to write for the Ballets Russes. Lambert met M in July 1926 when he became a fellow lodger in Hester Travers Smith's home. By late summer he was writing a ballet for Nijinska, who was directing a company performing at the Teatro Col?n in Buenos Aires. The ballet, which was ultimately entitled Pomona, had a libretto written by M based on the myth of Vertumnus and Pomona. M and Lambert's friendship, never a close one, further deteriorated in 1928 over the first English production of the ballet, and royalties due on publication of Pomona by Oxford University Press.
Dolly Robinson
1901 - 1977
artist
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b Dublin also known as Dolche; met MacGreevy in 1919, most likely in January or February while MacGreevy was still in uniform. She was a painter, and a stage and costume designer, having designed many Abbey sets in the 1920s and 1930s. She became one of MacGreevy's closest female friends, although in 1920 she moved with her mother to London. Their friendship deepened, however, when MacGreevy lodged at her mother's house in Cheyne Gardens between 1925-27. In 1930 she married Lennox Robinson and moved to Robinson's home, Sorrento Cottage, in Dalkey, where she established a reputation as an exceptional hostess. She died in Dublin.
Edith Ellen Hyde-Lees
1868 - 1942
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Mother of George Yeats.
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.
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.
Johannes Brahms
1833 - 1897
composer, musician
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German composer and pianist. Encouraged by Schumann, his music was in the German Romantic style. In 1860 he signed a manifesto opposing 'new music' methods adopted by Liszt, and from then was regarded as diametrically opposite to the Wagner school of German music. He moved to Vienna in 1862 where he remained for 35 years. He conducted the Vienna Singakadamie 1863-64 and in 1872 succeeded Rubinstein as art director of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, a post he held until 1875. In his lifetime he wrote four symphonies, four concertos and numerous other works for piano and other instruments. He also wrote nearly 200 songs.
John Chrysostom
347 - 407
religious figure
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Born in Damascus.
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..
Margaret McGreevy
1887 - 1952
educator
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b Tarbert, Co Kerry; older sister of M; trained tobe a teacher, and taught primary school in Kent. Shereturned to Tarbert c 1930 and taught piano locally.
Olivia Shakespear
1863 - 1938
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One time companion of WB Yeats, she was probably introduced to M through Yeats. M and Shakespear's friendship seemed slight, but amicable.
Stephen MacKenna
1872 - 1934
scholar
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b England; journalist, Irish scholar and translator from the Greek. Was educated at Radcliffe College, and matriculated at London University in 1889, but failed to pass his Intermediate examination in English. A clerkship was secured for MacKenna by his mother's relations at the Munster and Leinster Bank in Dublin. Around 1896 MacKenna gave up clerking and began a career in journalism, which took him to London, Dublin, New York, and Paris. In 1897 MacKenna joined a privately organised company of volunteers for the Greek side of the Greco-Turkish War. Some time after returning to Paris he met Mary Bray, whom he married in January 1903. In 1908 MacKenna returned to Ireland as leader-writer for the Freeman's Journal. He was in Dublin for the Easter Rising, and afterwards wrote Memories of the Dead under the pseudonym Martin Daly. Backed by ER Debenham (of the London store) he began his life-work, translating Plotinus's Enneads into English. After the double blow of the terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1922, and his wife's death in 1923, he moved to England in 1924, where he suffered penury and ill health. M probably met MacKenna in 1920, and despite a large difference in age, established a warm friendship, spending many Christmases and holidays with him. Their friendship continued until MacKenna's death at Southgate on 8 March 1934. MacKenna usually addressed M in correspondence as 'Dear Youth' or 'My dear KP'- the KP standing for 'Kerry Priest', which MacKenna dubbed M early in their friendship.
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
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.