Alan Duncan
1895 - 1943
journalist, military
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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.
Anne Yeats
1919 - 2001
artist
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daughter of WB Yeats
Belinda Duncan
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Wife of Alan Duncan
Dorothy Shakespear Pound
1886 - 1973
artist
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Daughter of Olivia Shakespear and wife of Ezra Pound and oldest friend of George Yeats.
Ellen Duncan
1850 - 1939
curator
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b Dublin. Educated at Alexandra College and the
Royal Academy of Music. She was a journalist writing
mainly on the plastic arts for publications such as
the Burlington Magazine and The Athenaeum. In 1907
she founded the United Arts Club, which was first
housed at Lincoln Chambers, and in 1920 moved to its
permanent home at Fitzwilliam Place. Duncan was also
the first curator of the Municipal Gallery at
Harcourt St, a post she left to go abroad early in
1922 when her husband James retired from the civil service.
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.
Guido Reni
1575 - 1642
artist
James Duncan
actor
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Abbey Theatre
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.
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.
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.
Piero della Francesca
1410 - 1492
artist
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
Thomas Sturge Moore
1870 - 1944
writer, art historian
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poet, art historian and translator from the French. M's sole contact with Moore was in 1928 regarding a preface he wished Moore to write for his translation of Valéry's 'Introduction to the Method of Leonardo da Vinci.'
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