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George William Russell [AE] letters and poems


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Irish writer, poet, and painter George William Russell (1867-1935) was known for infusing his work with spirituality. Russell was also politically active, writing about Irish identity and independence under the pseudonym AE. Beginning in 1905, Russell edited

The Irish Homestead and continued this role when the paper merged with The Irish Statesman in 1923. Russell's writing covered a wide span of themes in the arts, philosophy, and politics.

"Russell, George William, 1867-1935." Literature Online. (accessed February 9, 2007).

This collection is a group of letters from Irish writer, poet, and painter George William Russell [AE] to James Wells of Crosby Gaige Publishers along with galleys of ten poems. The letters are written on the stationery of

The Irish Statesman. One letter is dated September 12, 1927, and the other two are dated September 14, 1927. The galleys of ten poems bear a few autograph corrections by Russell, with the initial sheet inscribed, "George Russell AE for Crosby Gaige." The galleys served as the printer's copy for the 1928 Crosby Gaige publication of Midsummer Eve (Special Collections call number: SPEC PR6035.U7 M5 1928). The poems are entitled: "Midsummer Eve," "Platonics," "Vale," "How?," "In Tirnanoge," "The Gay," "Time," "The Forge," "Will O' The Wisp," and "Remembrance."

Box 27, F0458: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase, 1995.

Processed and encoded by Debra Johnson, February 2007. Further encoded by George Apodaca, September 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2007 February 16
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Collection Inventory

George William Russell [AE] letters and poems, 1927.
Box 27 Folder F0458
Physical Description

Three typed letters signed and galleys of ten poems, 14 items.

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