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Russell, George William, 1867-1935

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  • 1867-1935

George William Russell was an Irish poet, journalist, nationalist, mystic and painter, known by the pseudonym "AE". A theosophist, he was, with W.B. Yeats, a leader of the Irish Renaissance and a co-founder of Dublin's Abbey Theatre. He edited "Irish Homestead" (1906-1923) and the "Irish Statesman" (1923-1930). He published works on religion and Irish politics, as well as numerous books of verse.

Saddlemyer, Ann

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Ann Saddlemyer received her B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, her M.A. from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario), and her Ph.D. from Bedford College, University of London. She has received fellowships from the Canada Council and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has lectured at the W.B. Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, the University of Toronto Irish Studies Seminar, and for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 1965 she collaborated with Robin Skelton on the symposium, The World of W.B. Yeats: Essays in Perspective, which was held at the University of Victoria in honour of Yeats' centenary in February-March of 1965. She and Skelton also contributed their own essays to this symposium and edited the published proceedings.

Professor Saddlemyer's other publications include In Defence of Lady Gregory (Dublin: Dolmen Press, 1966), Lady Gregory: Collected Plays, in four volumes (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1971), Letters to Molly: John Millington Synge to Maire O'Neill, 1906-1909 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971), and numerous other works on various Irish writers.

Professor Saddlemyer was appointed Professor of English, University of Victoria, in 1963. In April 1971 she left U. Vic. to join the English Department of Victoria College, University of Toronto, where her specialty was English drama. In 1988 she became the first woman to be appointed Master of Massey College, University of Toronto, a position she still holds. In 1990 the University of Victoria awarded her an honourary Doctor of Literature degree. Professor Saddlemyer continues to teach, write and publish; although based in Toronto she makes regular visits to the West Coast.

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