Augusta Gregory

Standard Name: Gregory, Augusta
Birth Name: Isabella Augusta Persse
Married Name: Isabella Augusta Gregory
Titled: Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory
Pseudonym: Angus Grey
Pseudonym: An Irish Landlord
Used Form: Lady Augusta Gregory
Augusta Gregory was a highly energetic and creative force in the Irish Literary Revival, which began in the late nineteenth century. Material from her collections and translations of Irish folklore, epics, and oral poetry inspired new literary works by herself and others. At the age of fifty, she began writing plays for the Abbey Theatre , which she co-founded and co-directed. Her skill at rendering idiomatic conversation, honed through years of listening to the stories told to her by country people in county Galway, is evident throughout her writing. In addition to her drama and folklore, Lady Gregory wrote several articles on Irish politics and culture, two memoirs, a history of the Abbey Theatre, diaries, and an autobiography. As a nationalist with an identity grounded in the ruling class, she can be seen as a colonialist reformer.
Black and white photograph of Augusta Gregory, shown in profile from the waist up. She is wearing a dark sweater and her light, wavy hair is pulled back.
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Performance of text George Bernard Shaw
Lady Gregory and W. B. Yeats produced GBS 's The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet: A Sermon in Crude Melodrama at the Abbey Theatre , Dublin.
Innes, Christopher, editor. The Cambridge Companion to George Bernard Shaw. Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Performance of text W. B. Yeats
The inaugural night of the Irish Literary Theatre (founded by Lady Gregory and WBY ) at the Antient Concert Rooms , Dublin, presented Yeats's The Countess Cathleen and Edward Martyn 's Heather Field.
Hartnoll, Phyllis, editor. The Oxford Companion to the Theatre. Oxford University Press, 1983.
Smythe, Colin, Ann Saddlemyer, and Colin Smythe, editors. “Chronology”. Lady Gregory, Fifty Years After, Colin Smythe, 1987, pp. 1 - 12.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Performance of text W. B. Yeats
Dublin's Abbey Theatre , new home of the Irish National Theatre Society , opened with WBY 's On Baile's Strand in a triple bill with Lady Gregory 's Spreading the News, and Cathleen ni Houlihan by them both.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Performance of text W. B. Yeats
Augusta Gregory collaborated with Yeats on a revised version of this play, The Unicorn from the Stars, which opened at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin on 21 November 1907.
Reception Martin Ross
The Corinthian Dinner Committee of Dublin honoured Irish women writers including Edith Somerville , Martin Ross , Lady Gregory , Eva Gore-Booth , Emily Lawless , Susan Mitchell , and Katharine Tynan .
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
Textual Production Martin Ross
MR resisted a pressing invitation from W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory to write a play with them for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. She needed her writings to earn money, but a probably stronger...
Textual Production Anne Stevenson
Visiting Coole Park in Galway (once the home of Augusta, Lady Gregory , and the haunt of poets), AS renewed her resolve to make poetry the centre of her life.
Contemporary Authors, Autobiography Series. Gale Research, 1984.
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Textual Production John Millington Synge
He had begun writing this play in the summer of 1902, staying with his mother and relatives at a farmhouse in Tomriland, Wicklow, and by October had shown a version to the Theatre Society...
Textual Production Charlotte O'Conor Eccles
The first edition appears not to have survived. The League, founded on 31 July 1893 and associated with Augusta Gregory , had cultural aims originally but had also adopted a political role.
Textual Production W. B. Yeats
WBY published a collection of verse, The Wild Swans at Coole, whose title poem was inspired by the swans at the estate of his friend and patron, Lady Gregory .
Wade, Allan, and Russell K. Alspach. A Bibliography of the Writings of W.B. Yeats. Hart-Davis, 1968.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Textual Production Maud Gonne
The United Irishman published the text of MG 's own play, Dawn, A Play in One Act and Three Tableaux, about the Great Famine of the 1840s, two years after she appeared in the...
Textual Production Maud Gonne
MG published her ironically-titled autobiography, A Servant of the Queen. The queen here is not the British monarch, but Cathleen Ni Houlihan the mythological queen and personification of Ireland, whom MG played in...
Textual Production W. B. Yeats
He and his wife Georgiana travelled to Stockholm to accept the prize. In his acceptance speech, Yeats acknowledged the importance of Augusta Gregory and John Synge to his writing.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Kate O'Brien
KOB refers to women writers here and there in her text—casually to Daisy Ashford and Nancy Mitford , admiringly to Maria Edgeworth and Lady Gregory (the latter admittedly for her life rather than her writings)—and...


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