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.
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.
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 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