daughter of WB Yeats
C P Curran
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'.
b Cahirmoyle, Co Limerick; educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. He opted for a career in painting rather than
law (as was expected by his family), and studied art at Antwerp and Paris. MacGreevy's contact with O'Brien in the early 1920s
mostly concerned Carnegie United Kingdom Trust Matters as O'Brien was on the Irish Advisory Committee. Later their involvement
centred on art. In 1932 MacGreevy corresponded with O'Brien regarding the purchase of a painting by Jean Lur?at by the Municipal
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 Hailey, Idaho; poet, editor and critic. After graduating from University of Pennsylvania, Pound went to Europe, first to
Italy, where he published his first collection of poems, 'A Lume Spento' (1908) then to London (1908-20). Pound was a ceaseless
promoter of other artists' and writers' work, as well as of issues he considered important. What little interaction he had
with M, roughly between late 1928-1930 centred on the promotion of Gaudier-Brzeska's work, the Censorship in Ireland, and
M's monograph 'TS Eliot.'
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.
John Millington Synge
Irish poet and leading playwright of the Irish literary renaissance. Born Newton Little, Ireland; Attended Trinity College,
B.A., 1892, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and the Sorbonne (Paris, France); studied in Germany and Italy. His plays The
Well of the Saints (1905), The Playboy of the Western World (1907), and Deidre of the Sorrows (1910) were produced at the
Abbey Theatre. Synge died at 37 of Hodgkin's disease in Dublin.
Source: Literature Resource Center
Lady Augusta Gregory
b Co Galway; playwright, collector of folk
material, translator, co-founder of the Abbey
Theatre. In 1880 she married the Rt Hon Sir William
Gregory in Dublin. In 1892 William Gregory died, and
two years later she met WB Yeats. In 1897 Yeats
spent the first of twenty summers at Coole Park,
Lady Gregory's home. In 1899 she and Yeats founded
the Irish Literary Theatre, which later became the
Abbey Theatre, in which she continued to be involved
until her death. In 1921 the reconstituted Irish
Advisory Committee of the Carnegie United Kingdom
Trust was established, with Lady Gregory as one of
its members. Through the Trust, she began a short
(probably through 1925), but amicable working
relationship with MacGreevy.
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..
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
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.
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
Son of WB Yeats and George Yeats