Lady Augusta Gregory (15 March, 1852 – 22 May, 1932) was a folklorist, drama writer and theater manager from Ireland.
Fun Facts about Lady Augusta Gregory:
- She was born as Isabella Augusta Persse in Roxborough, County Gallway.
- Her husband, Sire William Henry Gregory, was a neighbor who had served as a member of Parliament and governor of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
- Lady Gregory only began her literary career after her husband’s death.
- The couple’s only son, Robert Gregory (born in 1881) was killed in World War I serving as a pilot.
- She was a lifelong friend of poet William Butler Yeats.
- Robert Gregory’s death inspired the poem “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death”, by Yeats.
- Lady Gregory traveled to Egypt, Italy, Spain, Ceylon and India.
- In 1899 Lady Gregory, along with Edward Martyn (a neighbor) founded the Irish Literary Theater.
- Lady Gregory stayed in the theater as an active director until retiring in 1928 due to ill health.
- George Bernard Shaw once described Lady Gregory as “the greatest living Irishwoman”.
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