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Augusta, Lady Gregory

Irish playwright, poet, folklorist

Isabella Augusta Persse (better known as Lady Gregory; 15 March 1852 – 22 May 1932) was an Irish dramatist, folklorist and theatre manager.[1] With William Butler Yeats and Edward Martyn, she co-founded the Irish Literary Theatre and Abbey Theatre. She wrote many short works for both companies.

Augusta, Lady Gregory
Head and shoulders profile of a dignified older woman with hair swept back and a slightly prominent nose. Underneath is the signature "Augusta Gregory".
Lady Gregory pictured on the frontispiece to "Our Irish Theatre: A Chapter of Autobiography" (1913)
Born
Isabella Augusta Persse

(1852-03-15)15 March 1852
Roxborough, County Galway, Ireland
Died22 May 1932(1932-05-22) (aged 80)
Resting placeNew Cemetery in Bohermore, County Galway, Ireland
NationalityIrish
OccupationDramatist, folklorist, theatre manager
Notable work
Irish Literary Revival
Spouse(s)
Sir William Henry Gregory (m. 1880–1892)
ChildrenWilliam Robert Gregory
RelativesSir Hugh Lane (nephew)

Lady Gregory produced quite a few books of retellings of stories taken from the Irish mythology.

Lady Gregory retired due to ill health in 1928.

Lady Gregory was born in Roxborough, County Galway, Ireland. She died from breast cancer at age 80.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Isabella Augusta Persse". Biography.com. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  2. "Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory". Geni. Retrieved April 1, 2019.