An examination of the contributions of Lady Augusta Persse Gregory to the development of the Irish National Theatre

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Brian Joseph Benson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Robert Watson

Abstract: Augusta Persse, Lady Gregory, was a leading figure in the development of the Irish National Theatre. Her humble beginnings at Coole Park, in 1898 where the seed of the movement was planted and nurtured led her through a series of personal triumphs. She began as an interested patron of the theatre, who gave vital support to the dream of William Butler Yeats and others for an all Irish Theatre, progressed to a directorship of the Irish stage, and concluded with a triumphant tour of America in 1911. The effort of these Irish literature enthusiast had succeeded by gaining the attention and admiration of the literary world. At one time or another, she was financial backer, moral supporter, peace maker, publicity agent, and co-director, earning the respect and admiration of friend and foe alike. All these roles were taken by Lady Gregory from 1898 to 1912. During this time she helped to weather crises, secure popular support, engender legal negotiations for patents and the like, all for the promotion of the Irish National Theatre.

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Language: English
Date: 1967
Gregory, $c Lady, $d 1852-1932 $x Contributions in theater
Theater $z Ireland

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