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.
George Antheil
1900 - 1959
composer, musician
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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.
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.
Giorgio Joyce
1905 - 1976
Herbert Oliver White
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Lecturer in English in Trinity College Dublin. Contemporary of MacGreevy's.
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.
Jack B Yeats
1871 - 1957
artist
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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.
James Joyce
1882 - 1941
writer
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b Dublin. Irish novelist. Educated at Clongowes
Wood, Belvedere College and University College
Dublin. After two unsuccessful attempts to live in
Paris, Joyce emigrated there in October 1904 with
Nora Barnacle, whom he had met the previous June.
The teaching Joyce hoped to secure in Paris was not
forthcoming, and the couple went to Trieste, where
Joyce secured a post. The couple spent the next ten
years in Trieste. During that time Joyce wrote
Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
It was in Trieste that Nora gave birth to their two
children, Giorgio in 1905, and Lucia in 1907. Joyce
began Ulysses in March 1914, and in June 1915 the
Joyce family moved to Z?rich, transferring to Paris
in July 1920. In February 1922 Ulysses was published
by Sylvia Beach, and that Autumn Joyce began to
compile notes for a new book, ultimately published
(after being serialised in various avant garde
publications) in 1939 as Finnegans Wake. MacGreevy
met Joyce in 1924 on his first trip to Paris through
the painter Patrick Tuohy. In 1927, when MacGreevy
took up the position of lecteur d'anglais at the
Ecole Normale in Paris, he resumed contact with
Joyce who soon had him assisting with Finnegans
Wake. MacGreevy was an intimate of the entire Joyce
family, dining out frequently with Nora and Joyce,
attending Joyce's birthday celebrations, the
Dejeuner Ulysse in 1929, and acting as best man at
Giorgio's wedding to Helen Fleischman in 1930.
MacGreevy was invited to contribute an article on
Joyce for Our Exagmination Round His Factification
for Incamination of Work in Progress (1929) and
wrote at least one letter to the editor of The Irish
Statesman (1929) defending Anna Livia Plurabelle.
MacGreevy also introduced Beckett to Joyce when
Beckett arrived in Paris in November 1928.
MacGreevy's contact with Joyce while the two resided
in Paris was intense, but after MacGreevy left Paris
in the early 1930s, they seemed to have had little
further contact.
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..
Lucia Joyce
1907 - 1982
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Daughter of James Joyce
Nora Joyce
1884 - 1951
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wife of James Joyce
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).
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
writer
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playwright, Abbey Theatre
Vivien Eliot
- 1947
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First wife of TS Eliot, whom she married in 1915 after a two-month courtship. She was later institutionalized for many years before her death in 1947.
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.