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.
b Dublin; son of Ellen and James Duncan. Served in Gallipoli as a Captain with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. After contracting
dysentery in 1916 he was transferred to a military camp at Aldershot in charge of conscientious objectors at their courts
martial. After the war Duncan returned to Dublin, working variously as an arts journalist, in administration at the Abbey
Theatre, WB Yeats's secretary, and as a tour guide for Lunn's Travel Agency. M probably met Duncan in 1919 or 1920 and the
two formed a warm friendship. In April 1924 Duncan married Belinda Atkinson, and early in 1925 the couple moved to Paris,
becoming part of the Irish expatriate circle which included Joyce, and eventually M and Beckett.
daughter of WB Yeats
Bronislava Fominitshna Nijinska
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.
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
George Bernard Shaw
Dramatist, critic and social reformer. Shaw left
school at 15 to work as a clerk in a land agent's
office. In 1876 he moved to London where he did hack
journalism. By 1884, the year he joined the Fabian
Society, he had written five unsuccessful novels.
Through the encouragement of William Archer,
however, he began to write modern, purposeful drama,
à la Ibsen. As much of Shaw's early work was
banned in England, he sought a reading public with
his first published collection of plays in 1898. By
the time MacGreevy met Shaw at Horace Plunkett's
house in August 1922, his reputation as a playwright
was firmly established. After this initial meeting,
the two men do not seem to have had any contact.
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
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.
(Hieronymus van Aeken; c1450-1516) Dutch painter.
His work is regarded as one of the last expressions
of the medieval world view. Bosch primarily painted
religious scenes. He made use of allegory and
symbolism against a panoramic landscape. For
example, his Garden of Earthly Delights is a
grotesque panorama of religious iconography. His use
of contemporary symbolism, which could be read by
his contemporaries, has been lost to subsequent
generations and has led to contradictory
interpretations of his work. Much of his original
work is now lost, copies have been made and his
signature forged. However The Haywain and The Garden
of Delights are fully authenticated. After his death
a large portion of his work including The Garden of
Delights was taken to Spain by Phillip II
Jack B Yeats
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.
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..
Born Reims, France
Sergey Pavlovich Diaghilev
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.
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.
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 McCausland Stewart
MacGreevy met Stewart while the two men were
studying at Trinity College Dublin. Stewart took his
BA in 1922, and his MA in 1926. In 1923 he became
lecteur d'Anglais at the Ecole Normale
Supérieure, a post he held until December
1926, when he became a lecturer in French at the
University of Sheffield. When Stewart left the
Ecole, he recommended MacGreevy to the authorities
as his replacement. Although MacGreevy and Stewart's
correspondence seems to have died out c 1930, they
probably renewed their friendship in the 1950s and
1960s when Stewart returned to Dublin as an external
examiner. After Sheffield, Stewart went on to have a
very successful career as an academic in
universities such as the University of St Andrews
William Michael Yeats
Son of WB Yeats and George Yeats