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Lady Augusta Gregory

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(1852–1932), playwright and director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin: lives in Coole Park 1880–1932; plans a national theatre at Durras House. Spreading the News 1909, Coole MS ...

Gregory, Lady Augusta

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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2009
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Literature, Society and culture
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..., Lady Augusta ( Persse ) ( 1852–1932 ), playwright and director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin: lives in Coole Park 1880–1932 ; plans a national theatre at Durras House. Spreading the News 1909 , Coole MS 1931 , ed. C. Smythe , 1971...

Gregory, Lady Augusta

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The Oxford Companion to Irish History (2 ed.)

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2007
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History, Regional and National History
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..., Lady Augusta ( 1852–1932 ), author. Born Augusta Persse, from a Galway landowning family, she married Sir William Gregory ( see gregory clause ) in 1880 . After his death she administered his estate at Coole Park, Co. Galway, for their son and developed nationalist sympathies. Coole became a centre of the Irish literary revival through her friendship with W. B. Yeats , who idealized the aristocratic traditions of the Gregorys and encouraged her interest in folklore. In 1899 Gregory co‐founded the Irish Literary Theatre, remaining a leading ...

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John Saunders

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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2015
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History, Regional and National History
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..., Lady Augusta ( 1852–1932 ) . Though her plays and other writings fill many volumes, she is most often remembered in connection with W. B. Yeats . Her translations from the Gaelic influenced his work and in verse he celebrated Coole Park, her Co. Galway house, and the ‘powerful character’ which made her collaboration valuable. Her son, Major Robert Gregory , he elegized as embodiment of the artist as man of action. Though from the protestant ascendancy and sometimes at odds with nationalist opinion, she was committed to the Republic and Coole survived...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

..., Lady Augusta ( Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory ) ( 1852–1932 ), Irish playwright and folklorist , the youngest daughter of an Anglo-Irish landowner; she was born in Roxborough, Co. Galway. Following the death of her husband Sir W. H. Gregory in 1892 , she took over the management of his estate at Coole Park, County Galway. A leading figure in the Irish Revival , her close association from 1897 onward with W. B. Yeats , who regularly stayed at Coole, resulted in the foundation of the Abbey Theatre . Her account of the theatre's earlier history...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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..., Augusta, Lady ( 1852–1932 ) Née Persse , born at Roxborough, Co. Galway; dramatist, folklorist, and literary patron. A leading figure in the Irish Revival , she assisted W. B. Yeats and Edward Martyn in the foundation of the Irish Literary Theatre , forerunner of the Abbey Theatre , for which she became playwright, director, and patent holder. She helped popularize Irish legends with her translations Cuchulain of Muirthemne ( 1902 ) and Gods and Fighting Men ( 1904 ), and Irish folklore with Poets and Dreamers ( 1903 ), A Book of Saints...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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..., Augusta, Lady ( 1852–1932 ) Persse , born at Roxborough, Co. Galway; dramatist, folklorist, and literary patron. She married the former MP and governor of Ceylon Sir William Gregory , of nearby Coole Park , in 1880 , and was widowed in 1892 . A leading figure in the Irish Revival , she assisted W. B. Yeats and Edward Martyn in the foundation of the Irish Literary Theatre , forerunner of the Abbey Theatre , for which she became playwright, director, and patent holder. She helped popularize Irish legends with her translations Cuchulain of...

Gregory, Augusta (Lady)

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Cathy A. Leeney

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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..., Augusta (Lady) ( 1852–1932 ) Irish playwright, theatre manager , translator, folklorist , and leading figure in the Irish cultural renaissance. Born into the Anglo-Irish ascendancy class, in 1880 she married Sir William Gregory (aged 63), a former Member of Parliament, Governor of Ceylon, and owner of Coole Park. While married she travelled widely, returning to Coole on the death of her husband in 1892 . She established the house as a meeting place for writers and activists in the nationalist cultural project. ‘I would like to leave a good memory...

Lady (Augusta) Gregory

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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2011
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...Lady (Augusta) Gregory 1852 1932 Irish writer The Rising of the Moon . Title of one-act play (1907). Shared by a film (Ireland 1957) and by an opera (Glyndebourne 1970) with libretto by Beverley Cross and music by Nicholas Maw. All these works (with Irish themes) borrow the title of an Irish patriotic song. This was written by John Keegan Casey (1846–70) and called, precisely, ‘The Rising of the Moon A.D. 1798’: ‘And a thousand blades were flashing / At the risin' of the moon.’ The date 1798 was the year of the United Irishmen's Rebellion, and the phrase...

Gregory, Lady [Isabella Augusta]

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Lady [Isabella Augusta] ( 1852–1932 ) Irish dramatist and translator Poets and Dreamers ( 1903 ) Miscellaneous Seven Short Plays ( 1909 ) Drama Irish Folk-History Plays ( 1912 ) Drama New Comedies [ The Bogie Men ; The Full Moon ; Coats ; Damer's Gold ; McDonough's Wife ] ( 1913 ) Drama Our Irish Theatre ( 1913 ) Non-Fiction Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland ( 1920 ) Drama Three Wonder Plays [ The Dragon ; Aristotle's Bellows ; The Jester ] ( 1922 ) Drama Three Last Plays [ Sancho's Master ; Dave ; The Would-Be...

Gregory, (Isabella) Augusta, Lady

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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215 words

..., (Isabella) Augusta, Lady ( 1852–1932 ), Irish landowner, who entered the theatre in middle age with an unsuspected gift for comedy-writing which, but for her contact with Yeats and the Irish dramatic movement, might never have been realized. She proved an indefatigable worker in the movement which led to the founding of the Abbey Theatre in 1904 . In 1909 she won a notable victory for the Abbey by frustrating attempts to suppress the production of Shaw 's The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet , and in 1911 took the company on a stormy and triumphant...

Gregory [Persse], [Isabella] Augusta, Lady

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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143 words

... [Persse], [Isabella] Augusta, Lady (b. Co. Galway, Ireland , 5 March 1859 ; d. Dublin , 22 May 1932 ) Playwright and co-founder in 1899 with W. B. Yeats , Edward Martyn and George Moore of the Irish Literary Theatre, which became the Irish National Theatre Society. She was the principal administrative driving force behind the Abbey Theatre from 1904 , when the society moved there, until her death. She wrote over 20 plays, the most frequently revived being Spreading the News ( 1904 ), The Rising of the Moon ( 1907 ) and The Workhouse...

Lady Augusta Gregory

Lady Augusta Gregory  

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(1852–1932),playwright and director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin: lives in Coole Park 1880–1932; plans a national theatre at Durras House. Spreading the News 1909, Coole MS 1931, ed. C. Smythe, ...
Gregory clause

Gregory clause  

An amendment to the Poor Law Act of 1847, named after its proposer, Sir William Gregory (1817–92), MP for Dublin city and later husband of Lady Augusta Gregory. Also called ...
Robert Gregory

Robert Gregory  

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(1881–1918)Artist. The son of Sir William and Lady Augusta Gregory, he designed sets for early Abbey Theatre productions. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and was killed ...
Dave

Dave  

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(1927), a late miracle play by Lady Gregory, in which Dave, a poor serving-lad, is blamed by an older fellow-servant for his own misdeeds and dishonesty.
Dervorgilla

Dervorgilla  

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(1907), a play by Lady Gregory, set in the period of the Norman invasion. Dervorgilla has betrayed her husband, O'Rourke of Breffney, by living with Diarmaid MacMorrough, who brings the ...
Workhouse Ward

Workhouse Ward  

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(1908), a one-act comedy by Lady Gregory. Two old men, neighbours since youth, quarrel incessantly in the paupers' infirmary.
Spreading the News

Spreading the News  

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(1904), a one-act comedy about rumour by Lady Gregory staged on the opening night of the Abbey Theatre.
Hyacinth Halvey

Hyacinth Halvey  

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(1906), a play by Lady Gregory, in which Hyacinth, the new sanitary inspector, arrives in Cloon. Unable to discourage the locals in their desire to see him as an exemplary ...
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(1909), a tragi-comedy by Lady Gregory, dealing with the hopes and disillusionment of a village community when two whales are washed ashore.

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