Ezra Pound
1885 - 1972
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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.
Leonardo da Vinci
1452 - 1519
artist, scientist
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Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist. Apprenticed to Andrea Verrocchio (c.1470). He came under the patronage of Lorenzo de Medici and in 1472 became a master, and a member of the guild of St. Luke. In (1482-99) became artist and technical advisor on architecture and engineering to Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. In 1502 he became military engineer to Cesare Borgia. Worked in Florence (1503-06), Milan (1505-13), Rome (1513-16). In 1517 he joined the court of the French king Francis I, he lived at the royal Chateau de Cloux, near Ambroise, until his death. He is especially noted for the breadth of his genius, as he left many notebooks containing his researches into anatomy, architecture, hydraulics, hydrology, geology, meteorology, mechanics, machinery and gears, military weaponry and fortifications, human and avian flight, optics, mathematics and botany. He was a master of expression, and the use of light and shadow. He painted two Annunciations (c.1472-77), Madonna and Child (c.1474), Portrait of a Young Lady (c.1475-78), St. Jerome (c.1480), Adoration of the Magi (1481), two Virgin of the Rocks (1483, 1508), Lady with an Ermine (c.1490), Last Supper (1495-97), Virgin and Child with St. Ann (1500), Madonna with Yarn-winder (1501), Mona Lisa (1503-06), Battle of Anghiari (1503-06), and St. John the Baptist (c.1516).
Paul Valery
1871 - 1945
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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.
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
Thomas Sturge Moore
1870 - 1944
writer, art historian
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poet, art historian and translator from the French. M's sole contact with Moore was in 1928 regarding a preface he wished Moore to write for his translation of Valéry's 'Introduction to the Method of Leonardo da Vinci.'
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