Albert P. Ryder

Albert P. Ryder

Albert P. Ryder

Albert P. Ryder

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Thomas William Rolleston ( 1857-1920) belonged to the group of Trinity College, Dublin, students who, under the leadership of Edward Dowden, became interested in literature and who, independently of him, helped the revival of Irish letters and culture at the end of the last century. Rolleston launched the Dublin University Review and, together with W. B. Yeats and the Welsh poet Ernest Rhys, founded the Rhymers' Club; he wrote an account of early Irish history and legends in Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race ( 1911) and edited, in cooperation with Stopford A. Brooke, A Treasury of Irish Poetry ( 1900). Rolleston was a poet in his own right --some of his poems are collected in Sea Spray ( 1909)--and established a reputation as a translator from the German, Latin, and Greek. He was a sympathetic critic of German literature and wrote a biography of Lessing. For years he reviewed German books for the London Times, and his comments on literary and political matters appeared in many other magazines and newspapers. He knew personally many of the important figures of his time, particularly in Ireland, and was associated with such organizations as the Irish Literary Society, the Irish Text Society, and the India Society. In 1904 he visited the United States for the first time, being in charge of the Irish Historic Loan Collection sent to the World's Fair in St. Louis.

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