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Lady Gregory An Irish Life by Judith Hill

Lady Gregory An Irish Life

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Lady Gregory An Irish Life by Judith Hill

LADY GREGORY was founder of the Abbey Theatre and patron of W.B. Yeats, writer of successful plays and celebrated translations of Irish legends, the daughter of a Galway landowner and mistress of Coole Park. She never expected to make her mark on the literature or the land of her birth. Yet she became a key figure in the Irish Revival. Judith Hill's biography investigates Augusta Gregory's varied relationships and the contradictions and achievements of her life, and brings her out from the shadow of Yeats. A woman of great emotional restraint, she nevertheless fell in love with the poet Wilfrid Blunt and, at 60, had a brief romance with her friend, the New York lawyer John Quinn. This portrait of a fascinating woman places Lady Gregory in the Ireland of her time, depicting her journey into nationalist politics and unravelling the connection between her life and work.


'Hill tells the personal as well as the public story of Lady Gregory, including her early days growing up in a comfortable Anglo-Irish family, her marriage, friendships and loves that were part of her long and eventful life. Hill is a cultural historian who clearly has respect and affection for her subject'. Books Ireland

'Judith Hill's fresh exploration places Lady Gregory in the Ireland of her time, depicting her journey into nationalist politics and unravelling the connections between her life and her work'. Ireland's Own

'Fluid and engrossing'
Irish Examiner

About the Author

Judith Hill is an architectural historian and writer. Her previous books include The Building of Limerick (1991), Irish Public Sculpture: A History (1998), and In Search of Islands - A Life of Conor O'Brien (2009). She has taught Irish cultural history, written for the Irish Arts Review, The Irish Times and Times Literary Supplement, and featured on RTAe television and radio. She lives in Limerick.

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Publication date

10th April 2011


Judith Hill

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The Collins Press


624 pages


Biography: literary



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