Charles Augustus Lindbergh
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.
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
b Trenton, NJ; composer known for his ultramodern compositions, such as Zingareska (1921) and Ballet m?chanique (scored for
player pianos, automobile horns, aeroplane propeller, etc.) which created a sensation at its Paris debut in 1926. MacGreevy
probably met Antheil in 1928 or 1929. It is difficult to determine how close a friendship existed between the two men as only
one letter, dated May 1930, survives. In it, Antheil writes that his piece, Fighting the Waves, was dedicated to MacGreevy.
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.
A Polish-born novelist who spent most of his adult life in Britain, he is considered one of the greatest English novelists
even though English was not his first language. Conrad's style has influenced many Modernist and post-modernist writers. Heart
of Darkness is his best-known work.
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..
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.
Saint John Chrysostom
Born in Damascus.
Sergey Pavlovich Diaghilev
art critic and impresario
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.
William Michael Yeats
Son of WB Yeats and George Yeats