George [“Æ”] Russell (1867-1935)


Life
1867: George William Russell [alias “Æ” [“AE”], from ‘Aeon’; occas. err. “A.E.”], b. 10 April, Lurgan, Co Armagh; son of Marianne [née Armstrong] and Thos. E. Russell, William St., Lurgan, a book-keeper [viz., accountant] who joined Robert Gardner’s business of chartered accountants in Dame St. Dublin, 1878; settled at 33 Emorville Ave., Dublin; became day-pupil at Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, 1880; at 16, he found that ‘intense imaginations of another world, of an interior nature’ overcame him walking on Armagh country roads, where he holidayed with an aunt; enrolled at Dr. C. W. Benson’s Rathmines School, 1882; night-pupil at Metropolitan to July 1885, and there met Yeats [WBY] and theosophist Charles Johnston; death of his sister Mary Elizabeth, 13 Oct. 1884; family moves to 67 Grosvenor Sq., Dublin; evening classes at Royal Hibernian Academy School; introduced to Katharine Tynan by WBY, 11 Dec. 1887; letter to Lucifer (15 Dec. 1888), and reply to editor [H. P. Blavatsky's] ‘notes' in response, (15 Jan. 1889); appt. clerk at Pimm’s drapers at £40 p.a., and felt outraged at offer of clerkship in Guinness; joined Theosophical Society as probationer, 9 Dec. 1890 [signed by Madame Blavatsky];
 
1891: resides at Theosophical Household (The Lodge, Ely Place), 1891-97, home of Frederick and Annie Dick; contribs. to Irish Theosophist, 1892; family moves to 5 Seapoint Tce., May-June 1892; writes “To the Fellows of the Theosophical Society” (26 March 1894); issues Homeward Songs by the Way (June 1894), noticed by WBY with comments to the effect that ‘the poets were uttering, under the mask of phantasy, the old revelations ...’ (Bookman, VI; Aug. 1894, pp.147-48); joins Irish Literary Society, 1895; issues The Future of Ireland and the Awakening of Fires (1897); contribs. issues Ideals in Ireland: Priest or Hero (?May 1897); issues Earth Breath and Other Poems (Sept. 1897); receives dedication of WBY’s The Secret Rose (1897); Marianne Russell d. 9 Oct. 1897; resigns from Pims (having reached a salary of £60 p.a.), 3 Nov. 1897, and interviewed by Horace Plunkett, 11 Nov. 1897, and appt. banks’ organiser in IAOS, establishing farmers’ credit unions in west of Ireland; quits Theosophical Society, then led by Mrs Katherine Tingley; m. Violet North, 9 June 1898, John Hughes acting as best man with A. W. Dwyer; settles at 10 Grove Terrace, Rathmines; his father moving to Hillsborough, Blackrock; moves to 28 Upr. Mount Pleasant Ave., 2 Nov. 1898; issues Co-operative Credit (1897); a son born Feb. 1899, and dies in infancy; AE professed legend to be ‘more potent than history’ (Nationality and Cosmopolitan Art, 1899); contrib. title [but not introductory] essay to ‘Literary Ideals in Ireland’, ed. John Eglinton (1899);
 
1900: another son Brian Hartley, b. 1900; moves to 25 Coulston Ave., Rathgar; death of T. E. Russell, 31 Oct. 1900; issues An Artist of Gaelic Ireland (1897); elected nominal president of Irish National Theatre at its foundation, though immediately superceded by WBY, and thenceforth vice-president with Douglas Hyde and Maud Gonne, 1902; his play Deirdre performed by the W. G. Fay’s Irish National Dramatic Company at St Teresa’s Assoc. Abstinence Hall, 2-4 April 1902 (along with WBY’s Kathleen Ni Houlihan), having been written as a corrective to the purportedly anti-heroic tendency of the Yeats & Moore play Diarmuid and Grania (1901), earlier impugned by S. J. O'Grady; invites James Joyce to visit him at Garville Ave., evening of Monday 18 Aug. 1902; a second son, Diarmuid Conor, b. 17 Nov. 1902; appt. by IAOS with T. P. Gill, J. R. Campbell to resolve relations with Dept. of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, 4 July 1903; issues The Nuts of Knowledge (1903), poems; Deirdre: A Drama in Three Acts (publ. 1903); introduced by Stephen Gwynn to Sir Frederick Macmillan; offers Macmillan The Divine Vision and option on all later poems; issues The Divine Vision and Other Poems (Jan. 1904); resigns vice-presidency of Irish Literary Theatre, July 1904; invites James Joyce to writing something ‘simple, rural?, live-making?, pathos? [pathetic]’ [sic] which would not shock the readers; Ellmann, James Joyce, 1965 Edn., p.169; 1982, p.163]; exhibs. pictures, 23 Aug.-3 Sept. 1904; joins 2nd Dublin Lodge of Theosophical Society, with Col. H. S. Olcott as President, meeting at 34 Wicklow St. to 25 March, 1904; edits New Songs (March 1904); issues Controversy in Ireland (Sept. 1904);
 
1905: issues The Mask of Apollo (6 Jan. 1905); succeeding H. F. Norman as ed. of Irish Homestead, Aug. 1905-23, succeeding H. F. Norman, with premises in S. Frederick St.; issues Some Irish Essays (22 Jan. 1906); moves to 17 Rathgar Ave., early 1906; issues By Still Waters (14 Dec. 1906); issues The Hero in Man (May 1909); Dublin Lodge secedes when Mrs Annie Besant assumes presidency of Theosophical Soc. (Aydar), and forms Dublin Hermetic Society, 1909, with Russell as president; issues The Building up of a Rural Civilisation (1910); issues The Renewal of Youth (1911); Third Home Rule Bill introduced, Westminster, 11 April 1912; embraced anarchist-cooperationist theories of Kroptokin, 1912; issues Co-Operation and Nationality (1912); transfers all his poetry rights from Macmillan to Bodley Head [J. Lane & T. B. Mosher], May 1913; issues The Rural Community (1919); spends June at Breaghy, Co. Donegal, arraning Collected Poems (23 Sept. 1913); speaks out against owners in the Great Lockout Strike in “Open Letter to the Masters of Dublin” (The Irish Times, 7 Oct. 1913); also “The Tragedy of Labour in Dublin” (Nov. 1913) and “The Dublin Strike” (Nov. 1913); Industrial Peace Commission estabished with “AE” and others, later renamed Civic League; speaks with G. B. Shaw, Sylvia Pankhurst, and others at Albert Hall mass meeting in support of Dublin Workers, 1 Nov. 1913; S. L. Gwynn disociates himself in Freeman’s Journal from press attacks on Shaw and Russell (5 Nov. 1913); issues “Oxford University and the Co-operative Movement” (June 1914); his “Open Letter” rep. in James Connolly's Reconquest of Ireland (1915), where he is called ‘the great and magnetic personality’ who introduced the idea of co-operatives;
 
1915: issues “Ireland, Agriculture and the War” (?Feb. 1915); issues Gods of War with Other Poems (Sept. 1915); issues Imaginations and Reveries (3 Dec. 1915); issued “Talks with Farmers”, I-XII (Jan.-Sept. 1916); is staying in Raheen, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare as guest of Edward Lysaght when 1916 Rising breaks out; returns to Dublin, 26-27 April; issues The National Being (?Sept. 1916), celebrating Irishness as ‘manifold, intricate, of many dimensions’ (The Living Torch, 1937, p.191) ; commemorates 1916 leaders in “Salutation”, Jan. 1917; with James Douglas and Col. Maurice Moore, circulated constitutional proposals embodying compromise and supposed to reflect majority opinion though scornful of Ulster Unionism, March 1917; contribs. first of three-installment essay entitled ‘Thoughts for a Convention’ in The Irish Times (26 May,1917), afterwards publ. as pamphlet; participates in inaugural meeting of Irish Home Rule Convention at which Plunkett is elected Chairman, Regent House, TCD, 25 July 1914; issued “Thoughts for a Convention” (June 1917); co-opted to Grand Committee to estab. procedural method, 25 Sept. 1917; meets with others of the Committee of Nine to find basis for agreement, 25 Sept. 1917; resigns from the Irish Convention, 1 Feb. 1918, finding its constitution incompatable with honest debate and settlement; contrib. “Conscription for Ireland”, in Manchester Guardian (10 May 1918), warning that Conscription would instigate resistance from the Irish, who considered themselves a subject people, and imperil the empire; issued The Candle of Vision (22 Oct. 1918); issued “Literary Imagination” (1919); also “Michael” (Dec. 1919); issued pamphlets “A Plea for Justice” (Dec. 1920), pamph.; issued “The Economics of Ireland” (1920), “Thoughts for British Co-operators” (May 1921); “The Inner and the Outer Ireland” (July 1921), and “Ireland and the Empire at the Court of Conscience” (?Sept. 1921); issued “Ireland, Past and Future” (?April 1922);
 
1922: refuses offered senatorship of Free State, 1922; issues The Interpreters (Nov. 1922); opposes Republican die-hards in “Open Letter to the Irish Republicans” (Irish Times, 29 Dec. 1922); Brian Hartley Russell emigs. to Australia, 1922; estab. The Irish Statesman (15 Sept. 1923-12 April 1930), on funds guaranteed by friends of Horace Plunkett, merging it with the Irish Homestead; ed. by Russell with J[ames] W. Good and Susan L. Mitchell acting as asst. editors, being the only Irish journal of the era to offer political and cultural analysis over a sustained period; offered and refused a seat in the Senate (Dáil Eireann); early coverage incl. criticism of Irish Republicanism after Civil War and commentary on the republican Hunger Strike, 1923; death of his early friend Claude Falls Wright, by drowning in Lake Nicaragua, 8 Jan. 1923; issues “Voices of Stone” (5 June 1925); Susan Mitchel dies, 4 March 1926; succeeded as asst. editor by Diarmuid Russell (£100 p.a.), 1926, assisted from May 1929 by Miss Irene Haugh; visits Paris with C. P. Curran, and received there by Mme Simone Téry and himself hosts James Stephens, Sept. 1926; Frederick J. Dick d. at Point Loma, California, 25 May 1927; sails for America to seek support for Irish Statesman, 14 Jan., arriving 25 Jan. 1928; “AE” returns to Ireland, end of March; travels again to America, arriving New York, 18 June 1928; issues Midsummer Eve (June 1926); receives DLItt (Yale Univ.), 20 June 1928; Irish Statesman incurs legal costs of £2,500 arising from suit of Seamus Clandillon and his wife occasioned by Donal O’Sullivan’s review of their songbook Londubh an Chairn in the Statesman (19 Nov. 1927), the High Court jury having fails to agree. 13 Nov. 1928; makes public appeal to defray costs; 27] attacked Dáil Eireann Censorship Bill in ‘The Censorship in Ireland’ (The Nation and Athenaeum, 22 Dec. 1928, pp.435-36);
 
1929: Diarmuid Russell moves to America, May 1929; received DLitt from TCD, 2 July 1929; American guarantors withdraw support and Irish Statesman closes in wake of Wall Street Crash; issues “Dark Weeping” (9 Oct. 1929); last issue of Irish Statesman, 12 April 1930; Oliver St. John Gogarty, J. M. Hone and others circulate private appeal for financial presentation to Russell as token of public esteem, summer 1930; presented with cheque for £800 by James McNeill, Governor of the Free State, 3 Sept. 1920; issues Enchantment and Other Poems (Dec. 1930); travels to USA to lecture on rural reconstruction, hoping to raise money for his wife’s medical expenses, arrriving at NY on Cedric, 23 Sept. 1930; issues Vale and Other Poems (3 March 1931); visits London and George Moore, mid-1931; contribs. a review in Observer for Humbert Wolfe [ed.,] (12 July 1931); Violet d., 3 Feb. 1932; issues Song and Its Fountains (16 Feb. 1932); issues Verses for Friends (Dec. 1932); “Æ” travels alone to Euston Hotel, London, for a week afterwards; Horace Plunkett d. 26 March 1932; sells 17 Rathgar Ave., and gives away most of his possessions; plans world tour; travels to Donegal to stay with Arthur and Lucy Kingsley Porter in Donegal only to find that Arthur had died by drowning that day, 8 July, 1933; leaves Ireland and settles at 41 Sussex Gdns., London, arranged by Charles Weekes (who invited him to stay); holidays in Donegal, May-July, 1933; returns to Dublin, 31 July and reaches London, 9 Aug. 1933; invited to America as guest of Mrs. Mary Harriman Rumsey, President Roosevelt’s adviser to the National Emergency Council, with request to lecture on the use of unemployed young people on projects; sails on board Aurania, 13 Dec.; Mrs Rumsey d., 18 Dec.; reaches New York, 27 Dec.; issued The Avatars (3 Oct. 1933); issues The House of Titans and Other Poems (1934);
 
1935: lecturing tour of America arranged by M. L. Wilson, H. A. Wallace (Sec. for Agriculture) and Judge Richard Campbell; returns early in ill-health, 1 March 1935; arrives in London, moving to 14 Tavistock Place, 16 March 1935; signs last will, 14 June, bequeathing all to his second son; moves to Havenhurst nursing home, Bournemouth; undergoes abdominal operation for cancer, Stagsden Nursing Home, Bournemouth, 10 July 1935; visited by C. P. Curran with messages from Dublin friends, 16 July 1935; awarded Gregory Medal by Irish Academy of Letters; visited by Con Curran and Oliver St. John Gogarty (by plane), 17 July; receives affectionate message from WBY, solicited by Curran and Pamela Travers, d. 17 July 1935; with Curran, Weekes, Gogarty and W. K. Magee [John Eglinton] at his bedside; coffin escorted to Holyhead by James Stephens, Helen Waddell and others; Dublin funeral in form of modified Anglican service; attended by Eamon de Valera (Pres. of Ireland), W. T. Cosgave, WBY, and others; oration delivered by Frank O’Connor for Irish Academy of Letters, WBY having declined because he would ‘have to speak the truth’ (acc. O’Connor); bur. Mt. Jerome, Co. Dublin, following a mile long procession, 19 July; Selected Poems (17 Sept. 1935); Russell appears in a novel by Stephen Gwynn (The Old Knowledge, 1901) and James Stephen (The Crock of Gold and The Charwoman's Daughter); there is an oil portrait by John B. Yeats (1903) in the National Gallery of Ireland, along with another by Nigel Newton; Hilda Roberts’ spirited portrait is held in the Ulster Museum, Belfast; a commemorative plaque was placed at 17 Rathgar Ave. in 1965; his second son Diarmuid became his literary executor; a memorial prize was established for meritorious or scholarly work native Irish writers under 35, published or in manuscript, in Oct. 1939. PI NCBE DIB DIW DIH OCEL KUN ODNB FDA MCA HAM APPL DUB OCEL OCIL

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Works
Poetry
  • Homeward Songs by the Way (Dublin: Whaley 1894), 51pp., 16cm. [sign. AE; US ed. 1895];
  • The Earth Breath and Other Poems (NY & London: John Lane 1896 [PI 1897]);
  • The Nuts of Knowledge: Lyric Poems Old and New by “AE” (Dublin: Dun Emer Press 1903) - [‘Finished on the tenth day of October, in the year Nineteen Hundred & Three.’];
  • The Divine Vision and Other Poems (London: Macmillan; NY: Macmillan 1904) [different type and pag.];
  • By Still Waters: Lyric Poems Old and New by “AE” (Dublin: Dun Emer Press 1906) [ltd. edn. 200; ‘Finished on All Soul’s Eve , in the year 1906.’];
  • Deirdre (Dublin: Maunsel 1907);
  • Collected Poems by “A.E” (London: Macmillan 1913) and Do. [rep. edn.] (London: Macmillan 1920), xv, 275pp., 8°;
  • Gods of War, with Other Poems (Dub, priv. 1915);
  • Imaginations and Reveries (Dublin & London: Maunsel 1915);
  • Voices of the Stones (London 1925);
  • Midsummer Eve (NY: Crosby Gaige 1928);
  • Enchantment and Other Poems (NY: Fountain; London: Macmillan 1930) [ltd. edn. of 542];
  • Vale and Other Poems (London: Macmillan 1931), 56pp.;
  • Songs and Its Fountains (London: Macmillan 1932);
  • The House of Titans and Other Poems (London: Macmillan 1934);
  • Selected Poems (London: Macmillan 1935).

See also Dark weeping [by] “AE” [The Ariel Poems, No. 19] ([London 1929]), ill. [by Paul Nash].

Drama
  • Deirdre: A Drama by AE (London 1903) [suppl. to Green Sheaf, 7], [28cm.] and Do. [Tower Press, Ser. 2, No. 4] (Dublin: Tower Press Booklets 1907) [16 cm]; rep. as Deirdre: a legend in three acts, intro. by Herbert V. Fackler [Irish Drama Ser., Vol. 4] (Chicago: De Paul University 1970), 34pp. [based in edn. in Imaginations and Reveries (1915)]. [See also Artus trans. edn., infra.]

trans., Godeleine Carpentier, et al., eds., Deirdre et la renaissance celtique: Fiona MacLeod, George William Russell [“Le Mythe de Deirdre”] , William Butler Yeats (La Gacilly: Artus 1990), 189pp.

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Fiction
  • The Mask of Apollo and Other Stories (London & NY: Macmillan 1903);
  • The Candle of Vision (London: Macmillan 1918, 1920), viii,175pp.; Do. (London: Macmillan 1928), [2], ix [1], 175, [1], 4pp., ill. [ink & crayon vignette on t.p.]; Do., rep. as The Candle of Vision, Autobiography of a Mystic, introduction by Leslie Shepard [Quest Ser.] (London: Theosophical Publishing House 1974), xv,175pp.; Do. [same title] (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1975), 175pp.; Do., as The Candle of Vision: Inner Worlds of the Imagination (Bridgeport: Prism 1990), 102pp., 22cm.; and Do. [another edn.], The Candle of Vision (Coracle Press 2008).
  • The Interpreters (London: Macmillan 1922), 180pp. [fantasy];
  • Voices of the Stones (London: Macmillan 1925);
  • The Avatars: A Futurist Fantasy (London: Macmillan 1933) [also in ed., Raghavan & Nandini Iyer, The Descent of the Gods].
Criticism & autobiography
  • Some Irish Essays (Dublin: Maunsel 1906) [incls. ‘Nationality and Cosmopolitanism in Art’, 1899];
  • National Being: Some Thoughts on an Irish Polity (Dublin & London: Maunsel 1916), 176pp.;
  • Some Passages from the Letters of AE to WB Yeats (Dublin: Cuala 1936);
  • The Living Torch: AE, ed. Monk Gibbon, with an introductory essay (London: Macmillan 1937), xii, 382pp., and Do. [rep. edn.] (1970) [selected prose];
  • Tribute to Thomas Davis ... With an account of the Thomas Davis centenary meeting held in Dublin on Nov. 20th, 1914, including Dr. Mahaffy’s prohibition of the “Man called Pearse” [by Denis Gwynn], and an unpublished protest by “A. E.” (Cork UP 1947), 22pp., 8o. [BML];
  • Peter Kuch, ed., ‘The Sunset of Fantasy’ [unfinished autobiography], in Warwick Gould, ed., Yeats Annual, No. 10 (London: Macmillan 1993), pp.188-203.

Also, “Some Characters of the Irish Literary Movement” [typescript cited in Richard Ellmann, James Joyce, OUP 1959; 1965, p.103; and note - an original or copy of this is held in the James A. Healy Collection of Irish Literature at the Green Library of Stanford University as - Box 12, Folder 197 - AE: Some Characters of the Irish Literary Revival (lecture) AD-45 and partial trans. Also fragment of typed draft - TD/TDc w/a - . [Cat. record available online; accessed 07.04.2015.]

Miscellaneous
  • ed., New Songs, selected by AE from the Poems of Padraic Colum, Eva Gore Booth, Thomas Keohler, Alice Milligan, Susan Mitchell, Seumas O’Sullivan, George Roberts, and Ella Young (Dublin: O’Donoghue & Co. 1904), 56pp., fb. ill.
  • ‘An Irish Mystic’s Testimony’, in W. Evans Wentz, Fair Faith in Celtic Countries (q.d.).
  • with Sophie Bryant, Co-operation and Nationality: A Guide for Rural References from This to the Next Generation (Dublin: Maunsel & Company 1912), [8], 104, [4]pp.

See also num. forewords incl. Shan Bullock, Mors et Vita, foreword by AE [George Russell] (London: Werner Laurie 1923);

Pamphlets [sel.]
  • The United Irishwomen: their place, work, and ideals / by Horace Plunkett, Ellice Pilkington and George Russell ("AE"); with a preface by the Rev. T.A. Finlay [2nd edn.] (Dublin: Maunsel [1911]), vi, 50pp. [20cm.];
  • The Rural Community: An Address to the American Commission of Agricultural Inquiry ... at the Plunkett House, Dublin, July 15th, 1913 ([Dublin] [1913]), 20pp. [copy in LSE];
  • A Plea for Justice: being a demand for a public enquiry into the attacks on co-operative societies in Ireland / by Geo. W. Russell, “AE” (Dublin: Irish Homestead [Dec.] 1920), 14pp.
  • The Inner and Outer Ireland ([London] 1921).

See also ‘The Censorship Bill’, in Irish Statesman 10 (1928), pp.486-87, rep. in in Banned in Ireland: Censorship & the Irish Writer, intro. & ed. Julia Carlson (London: Routledge/US:Georgia UP 1990) [Appendix].

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Reviews & articles

1] ‘The Poetry of William B. Yeats’, review of Poems (London: T. Fisher Unwin 1895), in The Irish Weekly Independent, 26 Oct. 1895.
2] ‘A New Irish Poetess’, review of Eva Gore-Booth, Poems (London: Longmans, Green and Co. 1898), in The Daily Express (Dublin), 26 Nov. 1898
3] ‘Literary Ideals in Ireland’, in The Daily Express [Dublin] (18 Nov. 1898), pp.49-56.
4] ‘Nationality and Cosmopolitanism in Literature’, in The Daily Express [Dublin] (10 Dec. 1898), pp.79-88
5] ‘The Cuchullin Saga’, review of Eleanor Hull, ed., The Cuchullin Saga in Irish Literature (London: Alfred Nutt 1898), in New Ireland Review (Jan. 1899), pp.333-338.
6] ‘The Irish Literary Drama’, review of Edward Martyn, The Heather Field and Maeve, in The Daily Express [Dublin] (28 Jan. 1899), p.3.
7] ‘Politics and Character’, The Daily Express (Dublin), 25 February 1899, p.3.
8] ‘Fiona Macleod’s New Book’, review of Fiona Macleod, The Dominion of Dreams (London: Constable 1899) in The Daily Express (Dublin), 17 June 1899, p.3.
9] ‘The Divine Adventure’, review of Fiona Macleod, The Divine Adventure, Iona: By Sundown Shores, Studies in Spiritual History (London: Chapman and Hall 1900), in All Ireland Review, 21 July 1900, p.2.
10] Note on William Larminie contributed to Stopford A. Brooke and T. W. Rolleston, eds., A Treasury of Irish Poetry in the English Tongue (London: Smith Elder 1900), pp.476-77.
11] ‘The Dramatic Treatment of Heroic Literature’, The United Irishman (Dublin), 3 May 1902, p.3.
12] ‘The Red Branch of Ulster’, review of Lady Gregory, Cuchulain of Muirthemne (London: John Murray 1902), in The United Irishman (Dublin), 24 May 1902, p.2.
13] ‘The Poetry of William Butler Yeats’, The Reader (New York), August 1903, pp.249-50.
14] ‘A Book About The Earth Life’, review of Ethel Longworth Dames, Myths (Dublin: Hodges, Figgis. London: Simpkin, Marshall, [1904]) in All Ireland Review, 16 January 1904, p.30.
15] Note on Standish O’Grady in Justin McCarthy, ed., Irish Literature: Selections in Verse and Prose (Chicago: De Bower Eliot. Philadelphia: John D. Morris 1904), VII, 2237-40.
16] Preface to New Songs. A Lyric Selection made by AE from Poems by Padraic Colum, Eva Gore-Booth, Thomas Keohler, Alice Milligan, Susan Mitchell, Seumas O’Sullivan, George Roberts, and Ella Young (Dublin: Dollard Printing House 1904).
17] ‘The Poems of Seumas O’Sullivan’, review of Seumas O’Sullivan, Verses Sacred and Profane (Dublin: Maunsel 1908), in Sinn Féin, 4 April 1908, pp.383-87.
18] ‘The High Deeds of Finn’, review of T.W. Rolleston, The High Deeds of Finn and Other Bardic Romances of Ancient Ireland (London: Harrap 1900), in The Path (Cheshire: Hale), Oct. 1910, p.80.
19] ‘The Poetry of James Stephens’ [Imagination and Reveries, 1915]; rep. in AE: Imaginations and Reveries, 2nd edn. ,London: Macmillan 1925), pp.43-53.
20] ‘The Boyhood of a Poet’, review of W. B. Yeats, Reveries Over Childhood and Youth (Dublin: Cuala Press 1916), in New Ireland, 16 Dec. 1916, pp.88-89.
21] Introduction to Standish James O’Grady, The Coming of Cuculain (Dublin: Talbot Press London: T. Fisher Unwin 1919)
22] ‘On Quality of Sound’, Times Literary Supplement 19 May 1921, p.323.
23] Foreword to Shan F. Bullock, Mors et Vita (London: T. Werner Laurie 1923).
24] Foreword to F.R. Higgins, Island Blood (London: John Lane 1925).
25] Foreword to Hugh Alexander Law, Anglo-Irish Literature (London: Longmans 1926).
26] ‘Address to the Thirtieth Annual Dinner of the American-Irish Historical Society, delivered 28 January 1928’, in Journal of the American-Irish Historical Society (New York), XXVII, 368-80.
27] ‘The Censorship in Ireland’, The Nation and Athenaeum (London), 22 Dec. 1928, pp.435-36.
28] Introduction to Oliver St. John Gogarty, Wild Apples (New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith 1929).
29] Foreword to Katharine Tynan, Collected Poems (London: Macmillan 1930).
30] ‘Mr Humbert Wolfe’s New Book’, review of Humbert Wolfe, Snow (London: Gollancz 1931), in The Observer, 12 July 1931, p.5
31] Introductory Essay to Hugh MacDiarmid, First Hymn to Lenin and Other Poems (London: Unicorn Press 1931).
32] ‘On the Character in Irish Literature’, Foreword to Frank O’Connor, The Wild Bird’s Nest: Poems Translated from the Irish (Dublin: Cuala Press 1932) [39pp.; ltd. edn. 250; rep. 1971].
33] ‘The New Irish Academy: AE replies to Father Gannon’, The Irish Times, 15 Nov. 1932.
34] ‘The Irish Academy of Letters: Letter from AE’, The Irish Times, 3 Dec. 1932.
35] ‘The New Irish Academy: Letter from AE’, The Irish Times, 8 Dec. 1932.
36] ‘The New Irish Academy: Letter from AE’, The Irish Times, 13 Dec. 1932.
37] Appreciation of Oliver St. John Gogarty, leaflet issued by The Pond Lecture Bureau advertising Gogarty’s first lecture tour of America (Jan.-March 1933)
38] ‘The Poetry of My Friend’, Foreword to Oliver St. John Gogarty, Selected Poems (New York: Macmillan 1933).
39] Introduction to Seumas O’Sullivan, Twenty-five Lyrics (Flansham: The Pear Tree Press 1933).
40] Introduction to Irene Haugh, The Valley of the Bells and Other Poems (Oxford: Basil Blackwell 1933).
41] ‘Orage: Memories’, in ‘A. R. Orage Memorial Number’, The New English Weekly, 15 Nov. 1934, pp.97-98, including letter to the editor of The New English Weekly, 21 April 1932.
42] ‘Appreciation: AE says of this Book’, for Ruth Pitter, A Mad Lady’s Garland (London: Cresset Press 1934).
43] Foreword to Joseph O’Neill, Land Under England (London: Gollancz 1935).
44] ‘The Sunset of Fantasy’, The Dublin Magazine, January 1938, pp.6-11.

Additional

1] Preface to Some Irish Essays, The Tower Press Booklets, 1 (Dublin: Maunsel 1906) and Imaginations and Reveries [1921], 2nd. edn. (London: Macmillan 1925).
2] ‘Our Cycle Expert and the Literary Drama’, in The Irish Homestead, V, 392-93 (3 June 1899).
3] ‘Britannia Rule-the-Wave’, in Sinn Féin (9 Feb. 1907), p.3.
4] Dictionary of Mythological Characters.

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Collected Editions

The Collected Works of George Russell (AE), gen. eds. Henry Summerfield & Colin Smythe (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1979- ), CONTENTS: Pts. I & II: Selections from the Contributions to the Irish Homestead, ed. Henry Summerfield, 2 vols. (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe; Atlantic Highland NJ: Humanities Press 1979) [xiv, 493-1017pp]; Pt. III:The Descent of the Gods, ed., Raghavan & Nandini Iyer (1988); and Do. [Pt. IV:] q. tit.

  • Alan Denson, ed., Letters from AE, with a foreword by Monk Gibbon (London: Abelard-Schuman 1961), 288pp., front. port.;
  • Henry Summerfield, ed., The Irish Homestead: Selections from the Contributions to the Irish Homestead by G. W. Russell, A.E. 2 vols. (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1984), 1017pp. [Vol. xiv, 1, 492pp.];
  • Carolyn Mary Pollard, The Political Writings of George Russell (AE) During the 1913 Dublin Lock Out (The Author 1987) [UUC Central Library, Coleraine].

Healy Collection
Numerous papers of George “AE” Russell are held in the James A. Healy Collection of Irish Literature in the Green Library of Stanford University in Box 12 - 199 folders including Some Characters of the Irish Literary Revival (lecture) and fragment of typed draft in Box 12, Folder 197. [Cat. record available online; accessed 07.04.2015.]

Note: The lecture is quoted extensively in Ellmann’s life of Joyce (James Joyce, [1959] 1982, pp.101-02n.), with thanks to the Russell authority Alan Denson for ‘the information’ (i.e., access to it). A copy is held today in the James A. Healy Collection of the Green Library at Stanford University. It does not appear to have been printed.


[See George Russell, review of A Vision by W. B. Yeats, in The Irish Statesman (13 Feb. 1926), pp.714-16 & review of A Packet for Ezra Pound by W. B. Yeats, in The Irish Statesman (7 Sept. 1929), pp.11-12 - in RICORSO Library, “Criticism > Major Writers” - via index or as attached.]

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Criticism
  • Darrell Figgis, AE (George Russell): A Study of the Man and a Nation (Dublin & London: Maunsel; NY: Dodd, Mead 1919), and Do., rep. edn. (Washington: Kennikat 1970).
  • Robert Lynd [section on AE], in ‘Voices of the New Ireland’, Ireland a Nation (London: G. Richards 1919).
  • Seán Ó Faolain, ‘The Humanity of AE’, in Inisfail, 1, 1 [sole issue] (1933) [q.p.].
  • William M. Clyde, A.E. (Edinburgh: Moray 1935).
  • John Eglinton, A Memoir of AE (London: Macmillan 1935), 291pp.,[front. ill. by Jerome Connor, c.1930].
  • Raynor C. Johnson, The Light and the Gate (London: Hodder & Stoughton 1964), 318pp., 4 pls.
  • Lord Dunsany, ‘A.E.’ in My Ireland (London: Jerrold’s 1937), pp.11-18.
  • Monk Gibbon, intro. to The Living Torch: AE (London: Macmillan), xii, 371pp. [ ‘Æ’s table-talk, a note-book of his ideas and ideals’; pp.66-67].
  • Robert Bernard Davis, George William Russell (London: Macmillan 1937; rep. edn. Twayne 1977].
  • Robert Lynd, ’A.E’, in I Tremble to Think (1939), pp.28-35 [available at Internet Archive - online].
  • J. J. Byrne, ‘AE and Sir Horace Plunkett’, in Conor Cruise O’Brien, ed., The Shaping of Modern Ireland (London: Routledge Kegan & Paul 1960; rep. 1970) [q.p.].
  • Alan Denson, Printed Writings by George W. Russell (AE): A Bibliography, with some notes on his pictures and portraits, Foreword by Padraic Colum and Reminiscences of AE by M. J. Bonn; a note on AE and paintings by Thomas Bodkin (Evanston: Northwestern UP 1961; distrib. Colin Smythe [UK], 1975), 255pp., ill. [pls. incl. ports.]
  • Patricia Ann McFate, ‘AE’s Portraits of the Artists: A Study of The Avatars’, in Éire-Ireland, 6, 4 (Winter 1971), pp.38-48 [see extract].
  • John Hewitt, ‘The Folded Dream: The Printed Words of AE’, in The Arts in Ireland, No. 3 (1973), [p.52].
  • Henry Summerfield, That Myriad-Minded Man: A Biography of G. W. Russell - ‘AE’ (Gerrards Cross 1975), xiii, 354pp., ill. [16pp. of pls. - facsims., ports.; 22cm.]
  • Richard M. Kain & James H. O’Brien, George Russell (A.E.) (Lewisburg: Bucknell UP; London: AUP 1976).
  • Henry Summerfield, ‘AE as a Literary Critic’, in Joseph Ronsley, ed., Myth and Reality in Irish Literature (Ontario 1977), pp.41-61.
  • Robert O’Driscoll, ‘AE and the Birth of a Nation’, in Irish Times (27 June 1980), [q.p.].
  • Liam O’Dowd, ‘Intellectuals in Twentieth-century Ireland and the Case of George Russell (AE)’, in The Crane Bag, 9, 1 [‘Contemporary Cultural Debate’ Issue] (1985), pp.6-25.
  • Malcolm Richardson, ‘AE’s Deirdre and Yeats’s Dramatic Development’, Eire-Ireland, 20, 4 (1985), pp.89-105.
  • Peter Kuch, Yeats and AE: ‘The Antagonism that Unites Dear Friends’ (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1986), 291pp.
  • Nicholas Allen, ‘A Political Vision: George Russell and the Interpreters , in Critical Ireland: New Essays in Literature and Culture, ed. Aaron Kelly & Alan Gillis (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2001), pp.1-6;
  • James Heaney, ‘“Æ”, The Irish Civil War, and the Dialogical Text’, in Critical Ireland: New Essays in Literature and Culture, ed. Aaron Kelly & Alan Gillis (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2001), pp.95-101.
  • Nicholas Allen, ‘Free Statement: Censorship and the Irish Statesman’, in Last Before America : Irish and American Writing: Essays in Honour of Michael Allen, ed. Fran Brearton & Eamonn Hughes (Belfast: Blackstaff Press 2001), pp.84-98;
  • Nicholas Allen, George Russell (Æ) and the New Ireland, 1905-30 (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2003), 240pp.
 

See also Simone Téry, L'île des bardes: Notes sur la littérature irlandaise contemporaine - Les légendes anciennes [Collection bleu] (Paris: Ernest Flammarion [1925]), 247pp. [sects. on Yeats, A.E., Synge, Stephens, Moore, and Joyce]; H. W. Nevinson, Changes and Chances (1923) [brief vignette] and Richard Kain, Dublin in the Age of William Butler Yeats and James Joyce (Oklahoma UP 1962) [in which Russell is virtually the main figure].

Note: Téry also issued En Irlande: de la guerre d’indépendance à la guerre civile, 1914-1923 (Paris: E. Flammarion [1923]) 284pp.

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References

Katinka Hesselink - “Religious and Spiritual Wisdom” has an AE Russell page with numerous obituary notices from The Canadian Theosophist and elsewhere, incl. items by George Moore, Ernest Boyd, Oliver St. John Gogarty, Pamela Hinkson and Padraic Colum [online].

Justin McCarthy, Irish Literature (1904), gives selection of poetry, and excerpt from ‘Nationality and Imperialism’, printed in [Lady Gregory, ed.,] Ideals in Ireland (1901).

D. J. O’Donoghue, Geographical Distribution of Irish Ability (1906), end papers advertise New Songs, a lyric selection made by George Russell [poems of P McCormac Colm, Alice Milligan, etc.], front. by Jack B. Yeats.

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D. J. O’Donoghue, Poets of Ireland (Dublin: Hodges Figgis 1912) lists Homeward Songs [1894]; The Earth’s Breath; Nuts of Knowledge; The Divine Vision; and By Still Waters; notes that he is in Yeats’s Book of Irish Verse, and in E C Steadman, Victorian Anthology (1896) and Lyra Celtica (18896), and all later Irish anthologies; The Mask of Apollo and Other Stories (Dublin 1905); New Songs, selected by AE from the Poems of Padraic Colum, Eva Gore Booth, Thomas Keohler, Alice Milligan, Susan Mitchell, Seumas O’Sullivan, George Roberts, and Ella Young (Dublin: O’Donoghue & Co. 1904), 56pp., fb. ill. Jack B. Yeats; Geo. W. Russell writes on Popular Credit, Irish Year Book (Sinn Féin [c.1919]), pp.285-89. Also Violet Russell, wife of AE, Heroes of the Dawn (Dublin 1913), the Finn Cycle retold.

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Arthur Quiller Couch, ed., Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1918 (new ed. 1929), pp.910-12.

Robert Hogan, ed., A Dictionary of Irish Literature, 2 vols. [rev. edn.] (Conn: Greenwood Press 1996), notes a capacity for self-mockery in a parody of Seumas O’Sullivan by AE as ‘S O’S’ in Secret Springs of Dublin Song (1918), which opens with the line, ‘Child, there are mists in my mind’.

D. E. S. Maxwell, Modern Irish Drama (1984), lists Deirdre (Maunsel 1907); Selected Poems (Lon. 1935); The Irish Statesman, 1923-30. Studies, Robert Davis, George William Russell - ‘AE’ (NY: Twayne, 1977); Richard Kain and James O’Brien, George Russell, A.E. (Bucknell UP 1976).

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Seamus Deane, gen. ed., Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day Co. 1991), Vol. 2, selects Letters to W. B. Yeats; from Collected Poems, ‘Carrowmore’ [541-42]; also ‘Faith’, ‘Three Counsellors’, ‘Symbolism’, ‘Immortality’, ‘In Connemara’, ‘Truth’, ‘The Twilight of Earth’, ‘On Behalf of Some Irishmen not Followers of Tradition’; Vale and Other Poems, ‘A Prisoner’ [Terence MacSwiney]; Russell, Connolly, and Shaw speak in London for Larkin’s strike (Shaw’s pamphlet), 513; Irish protestant contributors to cultural nationalism [Terence Brown, ed.], 517; his Deirdre sourced in Standish O’Grady’s History of Ireland, Vol I, 521; dissatisfaction with the existing state of things converting into mysticism [Deane, ed.], 721; Joyce lumps together Yeats and Russell in The Holy Office, 769; [Yeats biog., 830; some of the most spirited attacks on cosmopolitanism came [ironically] from leading Anglo-Irish figures such as [Gibbon, ed.], 953; [do. 954-55], in Literary Ideals in Ireland (1899), 956; [implied reference, ‘symbolic school’, DP Moran, 971]; [cited in TW Rolleston, 973], ‘not belong’ in Corkery’s Thurles GAA crowd (1931), 1010; Irish Homestead, inter al., 1026; James Stephen’s discovered working in solicitors office by AE, on reading one of his poems in Griffith’s Sinn Fein, 1219; 560. ALSO, Beckett on AE, ‘Recent Irish Poetry’, FDA3 345 [.. protrudes in to the void’.] FDA2, AE’s weekly review The Irish Stateman was revived in 1923 after a three year gap by Horace Plunkett and was ed. by AE from that date until 1930, 547n.

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Seamus Deane, gen. ed., Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day Co. 1991), Vol. 3: WORKS [a shortlist only; as in Works, supra]. FDA3 selects ‘Seven Years’ Change’ [94-95]; REFS & REMS at 51n [Ulysses, Telemachus, ‘Our mighty mother!’, phrase used by AE in several poems]; 60 [Ulysses, Proteus, ‘AE, pimander, good shephard of men’]; 61 [AE represents ethereal mode in Ulysses, Scylla]; 62n [Ulysses, Scylla, quotes ‘What of all the will to do?/It has vanished long ago’, from ‘Sung on a By-Way’ by AE]; 87 [Dubliners stories in AE’s Irish Homestead (sic)]; 90-91 [Irish Stateman’s strenuous efforts to maintain idealism of pre-revolutionary period, ed. Terence Brown]; 92 [period’s dominant realism which AE had anticipated and identified]; 131 [early poem of Kavanagh in one of the final issues of The Irish Statesman]; 245 [Beckett, ‘Recent Irish Poetry’ essay, ‘George Russell, who, when thoroughly galvanised by the protracted apathies, rigidities and abstractions, enters his heart’s desire with such precipitation as positively to protrude into the void’, Bookman, 1934], 248n [S. O’Grady ‘father of the Irish Renaissance’ for AE and Yeats]; 480 [AE ‘passed into exile’, O’Faolain, Vive Moi]; 482 [‘I knew Russell, in the common, intimate, unbuttoned way in which men know men, and it was apparent that Russell never knew him [Yeats] that way, O’Faolain, ibid]; 499 [MacDopagh, on AE, ‘His mysticism is too vague’, he remarked, comparing it with that of St Johnof the Cross. Secretly, I resented what he said, for I admired the poems of AE, but I kept respectful silence’, Clarke, Penny from the Clouds, Chp. 3.iii]; 546 [Hubert Butler in relation to; ed. note]; 547 [see supra]; 548 [‘AE had travelled hundreds of miles on his bicycle’, Hubert Butler, Escape from the Anthill (1985)]; 692n [Irish Homestead, 1895, ed. AE, under Plunket, Ireland in the New Century, but not named in text]; 808 [biog. Plunkett]; 939 [Frank O’Connor notes in 1942 that the pre-revolutionary unity of nationalists, Catholic and Protestant, aristocratic and labour, exemplified by AE and others, fell apart]; 940 [AE left, finding post-revolutionary Ireland unacceptable, ed. John Wilson Foster]; 941.

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Daniel Karlin, ed., The Penguin Book of Victorian Verse (London: Penguin 1997), incls. George William Russell [AE] - with 8 other Irish poets: William Allingham, Jane Barlow, Edmund Dowden, William Larminie, James Clarence Mangan, , John Todhunter, Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats ... amidst tens of English poets.

Brian M. Walker, et al. eds, Faces of Ireland (Belfast: Appletree Press 1992), selects from Co-operation and Nationality (Dublin 1912), pp.82-3, 88-91; photo of committee membership, Irish Co-Operative Women’s Guild Belfast; also creamery at Donemana Co Tyrone, c.1910; notes 381 local branches and membership of 95,000 in IAOS by 1910.

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Booksellers
Cathach Books (Cat. No. 12) lists The National Being, Some Thoughts on Irish Policy (Dub 1917) [?2nd edn.]; Collected Poems (London: 1918; The Candle of Vision (London: 1918); Homeward Songs (London: 1901); The Interpreters (London: 1927); Vale & Other Poems (London: 1931); New Songs (Dub. 1904); The House of the Titans (London: 1934); also AE, by Darrell Figgis (London: 1934), biog.

Cathach Books (Winter 1996-97) lists Francis Hackett, intro., George Russell, AE, The Economics of Ireland and the Policy of the British Government [The Freeman Pamphlets] (NY: Huebsch 1921); Ireland and the Empire at the Court of Conscience (Dublin: Talbot 1921), 16pp.; AE, Horace Plunkett, John Quinn, The Irish Home-Rule convention, ‘Thoughts for a Convention’ [3rd edn. 1917], by AE; A ‘Defence of the Convention’, by Plunkett, and ‘An American Opinion’, by Quinn (NY: Macmillan 1917), 183pp.

Hyland Books (Cat. No. 224) lists The Hero in Man (1909, 1910); The Renewal of Youth [Orpheus Ser. No. VII] (1911); Salutation [priv.; single sheet typescript, 5 stanzas]; Thoughts for a Convention (2nd & 3rd edns. 1917) [corrects Denson 1918]; Voices of the Stones (1925); foreword to Sir F F Vane, Agin the Governments (1929) [Hyland 214]. The Renewal of Youth [Orpheus Ser. No. VII] (1911) [Denson 18]; Imaginations and Reveries (1915); The National Being: Some Thoughts on Irish Polity (1916) [Denson 30]; The Inner and Outer Ireland (1921) [Denson 41b]; Enchantment and Other Poems (NY 1930) [Denson 48]; The House of the Titans and Other Poems (1934) [Denson 53]; Selected Poems (1935) [Denson 54]; AE’s Letters to Minanlabain, introd. by L. K. Porter (NY: 1937); Alan Denson, ed., Letters from AE (1961); Printed Writings by George W. Russell (AE), A bibliography, with some Notes on his Pictures and Portraits, foreword by Padraic Colum (Evanston 1961).

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Notes
Henry Cousins quotes AE in The Hound of Uladh: ‘These myths were born / Out of the spirit of man, and drew their meaning / From that unplumbed profundity. I think / In after ages they will speak to us / With deeper voices and meanings ...’

W. B. Yeats: Yeats’s personal library, now held in the NLI (Dublin) contains a copies of the following texts and papers, each with sheets of notes slipped in: The Candle of Vision (MS 40,568 / 200; O’Shea Cat., 1799: 2 shts being copy of a letter from WBY to Sturge Moore); Collected Poems (MS 40,568 / 201; O’Shea Cat. 1800: 5 shts.) The Earth Breath … (MS 40,568 / 202; O’Shea Cat. 1803 (33 shts.); Songs and its Fountains (MS 40,568 / 203; O’Shea Cat. 1812 (4 shts.)

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James Joyce (1): Joyce visited AE at Garville Rd., Rathgar, on 18 Aug. 1902 and was told by him that he would never be a real poet as he had not enough chaos in him. (For Richard Kain’s account of the oft-narrated meetings with Russell and with Yeats, see Commentary, supra.)

At-homes: Sunday was the evening of Russell’s evenings “at-homes”. For Russell's words to Stanislaus Joyce about his brother, see under Stanislaus [q.v.].

James Joyce (2): See Joyce’s bon mot about his debts to Russell: “A.E.I.O.U.” (Ulysses, Bodley Head Edn., 1865 &c., p.243.) Note: Declan Kiberd remarks that Joyce's debt to the mystic poet Russell extend beyond the financial since the older man gave him his first literary break - i.e., “The Sisters” and other stories in Irish Homestead. (Kiberd, Ulysses and Us, 2009, p.139.)

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Liam O’Flaherty wrote to Russell at the Irish Statesman criticising editorial policy: ‘I don’t for a moment claim that your paper is not doing good work,’ [he] wrote, ‘But I do claim that it is not Irish, that it is not national, and that it is not representative in any respect of the cultural forces, in all spheres, that are trying to find room for birth in this country at present.’ (20 June 1925; cited in S.B. Kennedy, Irish Art & Modernism, 1991.)

Monk Gibbon calls AE [George Russell] ‘one of the loveliest souls that has ever found itself in Ireland’, in The Seals (1935, rep. Dublin: Allen Figgis 1970), p.27.

Anthony Allen: Allen’s First Songs ([Dublin]: Maunsel & Co. 1918), is dedicated to Russell [Intro., viii, 56pp.; printed by George Roberts.

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Celtic inspiration: In an open letter to editor of Daily Express (10 Sept. 1898) Russell noted that no Irish artist had found inspiration in traditional Celtic sources as had the writers, blaming this lack of ‘national’ art on the absence of great paintings on display in exhibitions. (S.B. Kennedy, Irish Art & Modernism, 1991, pp.5-6.)

Candle of Vision: the title is apparently inspired by the biblical verses: ‘The Spirit of man is the candle of the Lord’ (Proverbs), and: ‘When his candle shined on my head and by his light I walked through darkness.’ (Job.)

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The Lodge: In April 1891, a month before death of Mme. Blavatsky, AE moved into The Lodge, at No. 3 Upper Ely Place, recently purchased and placed at the disposal of the Theosophical Society by Frederick and Annie Dicks; shared the accommodation with Daniel Dunlop, Malcolm Magee (br. of John Eglinton), Arthur Dwyer (with both of whom he shared a room at times), James Noal, Charles Johnston’s sister Georgie, Violet North, and James Pryse. (Summerfield, That Myriad-Minded Man, 1975, p.33.) Note further, The firm Whaley which published his first collection was started by Charles Weekes.

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Joyce Connection: in publishing Joyce’s first three Dubliners stories (‘The Sisters’, ‘Eveline’, and ‘After the Race’) in the Irish Homestead, George Russell became the first publisher of Joyce’s fiction; see Michael Groden, A Textual and Publishing History’, in A Companion to Joyce Studies, ed. Zack Bowen, and James Carens (1984), p. 78ff. Note also, a restored Ulysses refers to ‘AE, pimander, good shepherd [sic] of men’ (James Joyce, Ulysses, Corrected Edn., ed. Hans Walter Gabler, 1984; Penguin edn., p.36.)

Julian Symons, reviewing Michael North, The Political Aesthetic of Yeats, Eliot and Pound (Camb. UP ?1993), cites North as saying that one historian of Fascism regarded AE’s The National Being as a ‘virtual blueprint for Italian Fascism’.

Graham Greene: a favourite quotation of his was the lines from George Russell, ‘In the lost childhood of Judas/Christ was portrayed.’ (See Augustine Martin, reviewing biography of Green by Norman Sherry, Irish Times, 17 Sept. 1994.)

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Good show!: ‘From August 23rd to September 3rd, 1904, together with Constance Gore-Booth and her Polish husband, Count Casimir Dunin Markievicz, “AE” showed 63 out of the 220 paintings in an exhibition in Dublin entitled Pictures of Two Countries.’ He said: “My exhibition has just opened and my heart is full of woe because I have sold over half of them the first day.”. Further, ‘In a memorial catalogue of John Quinn’s collection issued in 1926, no fewer than 62 paintings by AE were listed.’(Diane Beale, report on new Russell show, The Irish Times, 23 Aug. 2004.)

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Un-typical Ulster: Russell is a character in St. John Ervine’s Changing Winds (1917): ‘Was there any one on earth less like the typical Ulsterman than George Russell, who preached mysicism and better business, or Ernest Harper [fict. char.], who took penny tramrides to pay visits to the faries.’ (p.135; cited in Richard Mills, DPhil, UUC 1997.)

At homes: Alcohol free Sunday “at homes” chez George and Violet Russell were attended by guests such as Osborn Bergin, Padraic Colum, Susan Mitchell, Sean O’Casey (twice and with bad grace), Frank O’Connor, Sean O’Faolain, Seamus O’Sullivan, James Stephens and Yeats. The last-named held Mondays’ which drew many away. After Violet died in 1932 AE moved to London and later Bournemouth; buried Mt. Jerome, Dublin, with mile-long cortège. There is an account of one such evening in Francis Stuart’s Black List, Section H (1971).

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Last things: signs his Will, 14 June, witnessed by Mrs Sophie Jacobs and Miss Kathlen Goodfellow, bequeathing all to his second son Diarmuid; moves to Havenhurst nursing home, Canford Cliffs, Bournemouth, being taken accompanied by Charles Weekes on the train; undergoes abdominal operation, Stagsden Nursing Home, Bournemouth, 10 July 1935; visited by C. P. Curran, and accepts messages from Dublin friends, 16 July 1935; joined by Oliver St. John Gogarty (by plane), 17 July; receives affectionate message from Yeats, solicited by C. P. Curran and Pamela Travers, removing a cloud from his mind, d. shortly after 11 p.m., 17 July 1935 of rectal cancer [carcinoma], with Curran, Weekes, Gogarty and W. K. Magee [John Eglinton] at his bedside; coffin escorted to Holyhead by James Stephens, Helen Waddell and others; aeroplane escort provided for ship on arrival in Dun Laoghaire; funeral in form of modified Anglican service conducted by Rev. C. C. Duggan; funeral mourners led by his eldest son Brian Hartley Russell, Diarmuid arriving by plane in London afterwards; attended by Eamon de Valera (Pres. of Ireland), W. B. Yeats, R. A. Anderson, Seumas O’Sullivan, Joseph O’Neill, F. R. Higgins, W. T. Cosgrave, Gogarty and James Stephens; oration delivered by Frank O’Connor for Irish Academy of Letters; bur. Mt. Jerome, Co. Dublin, 19 July. (See Alan Denson, Letters from AE, London: Abelard Schuman 1961, Chronological table, p.xl.)

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Cordial quote: It was George Russell, not George Moore as often alleged, who coined the description of a literary movement as ‘five or six people who live in the same town and hate each other cordially.’ (See Richard Kain, Dublin in the Age of William Butler Yeats and James Joyce, Oklahoma UP 1962; Newton Abbot: David Charles 1972, p.75.)

Portrait: Seated portrait in oil by John Butler Yeats, 1903, NGI; See also Hilary Pyle, Estelle Solomons, Patriot Portraits (1966) for portrait. Also, George Russell by Hilda Russell (1929), Ulst. Museum; see Anne Crookshank, Irish Portraits Exhibition, Ulster Mus. 1965. See remarks on Russell in Gogarty’s Memoir of Yeats. Also, an oil portrait by Nigel Newton [NGI].

Kith & Kin: Diarmuid Russell issued The Portable Irish Reader (1946) and Selected Prose of G. B. Shaw (1953), 1004pp.

Namesake: not to be confused with the Rt. Hon. George W. E[rskine] Russell (1853-1919) who was among the most prominent converts to Catholicism from the Church of England - a son of Lord Charles Russell and one-time MP, he was a friend of Gladstone whose life he wrote (1891), and of Sydney Smith (ditto, 1904) and Cardinal Manning. He edited the collected works of Matthew Arnold (1903-04) and issued a study of Arnold (1907), as well as Spirit of England (1915) and num. works. There is a life of G. W. E. Russell by Arthur Stanton (Longmans, 1917).

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