Lady Augusta Gregory

Lady Augusta Gregory (Isabella Augusta Persse), 1859–1932, Irish dramatist. Though she did not begin her writing career until middle-age, Lady Gregory soon became a vital force in the Irish drama. She was a founder and the manager-director of the Abbey Theatre, for which she wrote many of her most successful pieces, including Cathleen ni Houlihan (1902), written with friend and colleague W. B. Yeats, Spreading the News (1904), The Gaol Gate (1906), The Rising of the Moon (1907), and The Workhouse Ward (1908). Her short plays, mainly comedies, are rich in portrayals of Irish peasantry. Among her other works are Our Irish Theater (1913) and several long plays dealing with Irish history.

See her journals (ed. by L. Robinson, 1946); biography by C. Toibin (2003); studies by H. Adams (1973) and M. L. Kohfeldt (1985).

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J. M. Synge and Lady Gregory
Elizabeth Coxhead.
Longmans, Green, 1962
FREE! Our Irish Theatre: A Chapter of Autobiography
Lady Gregory.
Putman's Sons, 1913
FREE! The Image, and Other Plays
Lady Gregory.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1922
FREE! Irish Folk-History Plays
Lady Gregory.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1912
FREE! New Comedies
Lady Gregory.
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1913
The Irish Dramatic Movement
Una Ellis-Fermor.
Methuen, 1954 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Lady Gregory"
Irish Playwrights, 1880-1995: A Research and Production Sourcebook
Bernice Schrank; William W. Demastes.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Lady Isabella Augusta Persse Gregory (1852-1932)" begins on p. 108
High and Low Moderns: Literature and Culture, 1889-1939
Maria DiBattista; Lucy McDiarmid.
Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "The Demotic Lady Gregory" begins on p. 212
The Comic Tradition in Irish Women Writers
Theresa O'Conner.
University Press of Florida, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Hyacinth and the Wise Man: Lady Gregory's Comic Enterprise"
FREE! Irish Plays and Playwrights
Cornelius Weygandt.
Houghton Mifflin, 1913
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "Lady Gregory"
FREE! The contemporary drama of Ireland
Ernest A. Boyd.
Little Brown, 1917
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "Peasant Comedy: Lady Gregory and William Boyle"
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