Letters from AE

Letters from AE

Letters from AE

Letters from AE

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This selection from the letters written by George William Russell (AE) is issued with the approval of the literary executor, his son Mr Diarmuid Russell. All the transcriptions have been made by the editor from the holograph, or from photographic copies, if they have been available. Other sources are cited in footnotes.

The original selection from the vast accumulation of letters and notes comprised more than 700 letters, and approximately 450,000 words. Through the exemplary patience and generosity of Mr Lew Schwartz, the publisher, the editor was given leisure to reduce his selection still further, to present Russell Letters in comprehensive scope but quintessential form.

Many valuable letters remain interred in the original typescript. A typed copy of the original selection has been given under seal to the National Library of Ireland, by the editor. Other omissions from this book include letters which AE reprinted in Imaginations and Reveries (1915, 1921, 1925).

Much ancillary bibliographical and biographical information concerning AE and his milieu has been arranged in Printed Writings by G. W. Russell, a Bibliography with some notes on his paintings etc., compiled by this editor: referred to in this book as Bibliography.

Among AE's correspondents some failed to preserve his letters. Others have survived in copies. Some letters to Bernard Shaw are in the British Museum Library: copies of others are in private hands. George Moore destroyed his correspondence. Daniel Dunlop is presumed by all his . . .

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