Augusta, Lady Gregory

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  • George Cusack

Lady Augusta Gregory was one of the most revered and prominent figures of the Irish Literary Renaissance. Although she is best known for her supporting role in the careers of other writers, most notably W. B. Yeats, Gregory made immeasurable contributions to the art and culture of Ireland in her own right as a folklorist, mythographer, playwright, and impresario. Her most substantial achievement was the 1897 co-founding, along with W. B. Yeats and Edward Martyn, of the Irish Literary Theatre, later and better known as the Irish National Theatre or the Abbey Theatre. Gregory served as a managing director for the Abbey through its first twenty years of existence, and in her literary work, she helped to craft the political and aesthetic p…

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Cusack, George. "Augusta, Lady Gregory". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 December 2004
[, accessed 01 July 2015.]

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