Beatrice Erskine
1864 - 1951
artist
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English still life and landscape painter. She studied at Lincoln School of Art and at the Slade School under Brown and Tonks. She exhibited at the Royal Academy and at numerous other Exhibitions. Her pictures were bought by many galleries, including those in Luxembourg, Liverpool, Manchester and Capetown.
DH Lawrence
1885 - 1930
writer
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English novelist. He was a controversial writer, as he rebelled against Anglo-Saxon puritanism, and social conventions. His novels analysed the ills of modern industrial society and the role of sex in human relations. These views are expressed in Women in Love, and Lady Chatterley's Lover. His philosophy is inextricably involved in his writing, and he was attracted to the Nietzschean idea of the superman and expressed this idea of the hero in his novels Kangaroo and The Plumed Serpent. Rebellion led to his involvement in the most famous censorship cases of the 20th century. His novel Sons and Lovers is a partly autobiographical novel which deals with his boyhood and adolescence as the son of a coal miner. He was the author also of plays, such as The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd (1914), David (1926). Among his published poetry collections are Birds, Beasts and Flowers (1923), and Look! We Have Come Through (1917). His short-story collections include The Prussian Officer (1914), England, My England (1922), The Captain's Doll (1923), The Woman who Rode Away (1928), Love among the Haystacks (1930). He also wrote a vivid collection of travel sketches, Twilight in Italy (1916). Sea and Sardinia (1921), Morning in Mexico (1927), and Etruscan Places (1927). His literary criticism include, Studies in Classic American Literature (1923), and his psychological work Fantasia of the Unconscious (1922).
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.
Ezra Pound
1885 - 1972
writer
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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.'
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.
Harold Hyde-Lees
1890 - 1963
clergy
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George Yeats's only brother, Archdeacon of Bath and Wells, retiring in 1950. His wife Gwynne (nee Younghughes) died in 1942 while he was Archdeacon of Portsmouth. He visited Ireland in 1948 to support George during the reinterment of WB at Sligo, at which time he met MacGreevy. From 1952 during his retirement he was Curate of Withycombe with Rodhuish where George and her daughter Anne Yeats visited him in 1954. He died in Minehead on 14 June 1963 but because she was too ill to travel George's son Michael represented the family at his funeral. Although they saw each other rarely, George felt very close to her brother.
Herbert Vincent Reade
1870 - 1929
civil servant
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of Ipsden House, Ipsden, Oxfordshire and 32 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington worked in the Board of Customs and Excise; one of George Yeats's oldest friends, he was introduced to MacGreevy by Olivia Shakespear in June 1925.
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..
Liam O'Flaherty
1896 - 1984
writer
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b Aran Islands, novelist and short- story writer. He wrote a letter to the editor of 'The Irish Statesman' in 1926 regarding the publication of M's 'Aodh Ruadh O Domhnaill'. He was involved with the Stewarts in the short-lived To-Morrow, a magazine encouraged by WBY; his second novel The Black Soul, based on his birthplace in Aran, was published in 1924 by Jonathan Cape
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
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.