1867 - 1935
writer, artist
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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.
Anne Yeats
1919 - 2001
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daughter of WB Yeats
Arnold Bennett
1867 - 1931
C P Curran
1880 - 1975
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b Dublin; classicist and scholar, published several books, including studies of architecture and memoirs. He wrote a letter to the editor of The Irish Statesman in response to the publication of M's 'Aodh Ruadh O Domhnaill'.
Dolly Robinson
1901 - 1977
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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 Moore
1852 - 1933
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Born into a wealthy family, Moore was 18, his
father died. Ownership of the family estate passed
into Moore's hands, providing him with a yearly
income of between 500 and 4000 pounds per year upon
reaching majority. This allowed him, for the rest of
his life, to pursue his wide-ranging artistic,
literary and philosophical interests. Moore is best
remembered for his novels which reveal traces of the
influence of Balzac, Falubert and Zola, and include
Confessions of a Young Man (1888), A Drama in Muslin
(1886), Hail and Farewell (1911-14) and
Héloise and Abélard (1921).
Moore was also a critic, and his Modern
Painting (1893) vigorously defended
impressionist painting and literature His plays
include The Strike at Arlington (1893) and The
Bending of the Bough (1900). He was also a
co-founder of the Literary Theatre of Ireland (which
later became the Abbey Theatre).
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
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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.
Hiernymus Bosch
1450 - 1516
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(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
James Joyce
1882 - 1941
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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.
Padraic Colum
1881 - 1972
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b Longford; poet, dramatist and folklorist. Colum's early plays, centring on peasant reality, were produced by the Irish National Theatre. After 1914 he was largely resident in the United States working as a lecturer and for publishers. MacGreevy probably met Colum and his wife Mary, a literary critic, through James Joyce in Paris. Their relationship does not seem to have been particularly close, and their correspondence largely centred on publishing matters.
Samuel Beckett
1906 - 1989
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b Foxrock, Co Dublin; novelist, dramatist and poet. Educated at Portora Royal School, Enniskillenand at Trinity College, Dublin where he was a Foundation Scholar. In November 1928 Beckett arrived in Paris to take up the position of lecteur d'anglais at the Ecole Normale Sup?rieure, a post previously held by MacGreevy. Beckett probably met MacGreevy during his first days in Paris, and through MacGreevy was introduced to James Joyce, Charles Prentice, Richard Aldington, and others. Although the two men rarely resided in the same city at the same time after 1930, MacGreevy and Beckett's friendship was particularly close up to the time ofthe Second World War, as the tens of letters by Beckett to MacGreevy, now deposited at Trinity College Dublin, testify. Through the result of MacGreevy's introduction of Beckett to Joyce, Beckett was asked to submit an essay to the apologia for Finnegans Wake, Our Exagmination Round HisFactification for Incamination of Work in Progress (1929); after encouragement from MacGreevy Beckett submitted Whoroscope to the Hours Press competition adjudicated by Aldington (who had not met Beckett up to this point), which he won; and through an introduction by MacGreevy, Beckett's monograph Proust was published by Chatto & Windus (1931).In 1934 Beckett reviewed MacGreevy's Poems, and regularly sent MacGreevy his own work for comment. After the war MacGreevy's and Beckett's correspondence resumed, but the friendship never regained the momentum it had before the war.
Thomas Bodkin
1887 - 1961
art critic
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Irish art critic. Educated Belvedere, Clongowes Wood, and the Royal University of Ireland. In 1911 he was called to the Bar and practised for five years before joining the Commission for Charitable Donations and Bequests. In 1917 he became a Governor and Guardian of the National Gallery of Ireland, and in 1927 its Director. MacGreevy also applied for the Directorship in 1927. Bodkin's tenure at the National Gallery was marked by constant wrangling with the Department of Finance which, in time, even Bodkin realised hampered the growth of the Gallery.Thus in December 1934 he resigned, taking a post at the Barber Institute in Birmingham. Bodkin remained in permanent exile, dying in Birmingham.
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
Walter Fitzwilliam Starkie
1894 - 1976
WB Yeats
1865 - 1939
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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
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Son of WB Yeats and George Yeats