Augusta Ladygregory

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Birthday
15, 1852
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
May 22, 1932 (80)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
15, 1852
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
May 22, 1932 (80)

About

Remembered for her association with the Irish Literary Revival, this late 19th and early 20th-century playwright, director, and theater producer is perhaps most famous as a founder of both the Abbey Theatre and the Irish Literary Theatre.

Before Fame

Her earliest literary works include A Woman's Sonnets (poems) and Arabi and His Household (a political pamphlet).

Trivia

She was fascinated by Irish mythology and folklore, and she published numerous collections of traditional Irish stories.

Family Life

She grew up in County Galway, Ireland, and later married Sir William Henry Gregory. Her son, Robert Gregory, was killed in combat in World War I.

Associated With

Her son's untimely death inspired several William Butler Yeats poems, including "In Memory of Major Robert Gregory" and "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death."