Russell, George William (Æ or A.E.)

Ireland, (1867-1935)

  • George William Russell (Æ or A.E.) - Caricature of Y.B. Yeats and the Black Pig
  • Caricature of Y.B. Yeats and the Black Pig

  • (1898), pen and ink
  • Robert W. Woodruff Library for Advanced Studies, Emory University
  • Editor’s Note:

    This drawing is part of a letter Russell wrote to Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory, a mutual friend of Yeats and himself. For additional background on this work read Russell, Gregory, Yeats and the Black Pig.

About the Artist

George William Russell (1867-1935), Irish poet, essayist, journalist, dramatist, novelist and painter. Russell wrote under the pseudonyms Y.O., O.L.S., and Gad; but he was most well known as A.E. or Æ.

He is often remembered as a poet and as one of those true mystics who have sought by practical endeavours to bring some touch of the spiritual perfection they beheld into the life of this world.

Colin Smythe Ltd. Publishing

A key figure in the Irish Literary Revival and a well respected member of the Irish Renascence, Russell was also a Nationalist leader, mystic, economist, a leader in the movement for cooperation among Irish farmers and editor of The Irish Statesman from 1923 to 1930. [DES-3/10]

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