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.
George H Tulloch
business manager for the Abbey Theatre
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.
Henry Francis Stuart
b Townsville, Australia of Ulster parents. He returned to Co Antrim as an infant after his father's death. M probably met
Stuart in 1919 or 1920 through Hester Travers Smith. In 1920 Stuart married Iseult Gonne (which is referred to in the correspondence).
He took part in the Civil War on the Republican side until captured in August 1922. He was interned until November 1923. Stuart
probably kept in touch with M, renewing their friendship when Stuart spent several months in Paris early in 1931. Stuart dedicated
his first novel, Women and God (1931) to M.
Herbert Vincent Reade
modern art critic
Hester Meredith Travers-Smith
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.
Daughter of Maude Gonne by Lucien Millevoye, she later married the Australian-Irish writer, Francis Stuart.
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..
Mary Devenport O'Neill
poet and playwright, who with her husband Joseph O'Neill , secretary to the Department of Education, held a weekly literary
salon in Dublin
writer and playwright
Historian and philosopher; author of the highly influential monograph, The Decline of the West.
French poet, essayist, and critic. Valéry
is famous not only for his literary works such as La
Soirée avec Monsieur Teste, and symbolist and
post-symbolist poetry, but for the vast analytic
enterprise of his Cahiers, hundreds of notebooks
written nearly every day at dawn for over 50 years
without thought of publication. MacGreevy was
introduced to Valéry by William Stewart in
1926, when Valéry was at the height of his
fame. MacGreevy was taken with his work and began
translating his Introduction à la méthode de
Léonard de Vinci (1895) into English. After
several years of having difficulty in finding
a publisher, John Rodker brought out the
translation, to largely favourable reviews,
in April 1929.
Irish short story writer, novelist, essayist, travel writer, biographer and leading figure of the Irish literary renaissance.
Born John Whelan, he Gaelicized his name in 1918, partly in response to the Easter Rising of 1916. Educated at University
College at Cork of National University of Ireland and Harvard University, O'Faolain joined the Irish Volunteers and was involved
in the IRA. He published four novels and several volumes of travel writing, but is best known as a short story writer and
published more than a dozen collections of stories.
Source: Literature Resource Center
Studied architecture in Russia. He began to produce and direct plays in the theatre his sister, actress Vera Komissarzhevskaya
and eventually became director of the Imperial and state theatres. He emigrated to England in 1919 and became a major figure
in the London theatrical scene, especially known for his unconventional stagings of Shakespeare in Stratford-on-Avon.
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
poet of the romantic period
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.