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Augusta, Lady Gregory
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    (March 15, 1852-May 22, 1932)
    Born in County Galway, Ireland
    Birth name was Isabella Augusta Persse
    Folklorist, dramatist and theater manager
    Published the folklore collections 'Cuchulain of Muirthemne' (1902), 'Gods and Fighting Men' (1904), 'A Book of Saints and Wonders' (1906), 'The Kiltartan History Book' (1909) and 'Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland' (1920)
    Wrote 19 plays
    Founder and director of the Irish Literary Theater (1899-1901) and Abbey Theater (1904-28)
    Her husband, Sir William Gregory, was 35 years older than her.
    During a trip with her husband in Egypt, she conducted an affair with a poet.
    Her plays became less and less popular, with author Oliver St. John Gogarty claiming that presenting her later plays almost ruined the Abbey.
    Her only child died in combat in World War I.
    She was a patron of William Butler Yeats, providing him with money, a summer home, and assistance with translations.
    She frequently had to smooth over disputes among the Abbey's playwrights.
    She adopted from Aristotle the motto, 'To think like a wise man, but to express oneself like the common people.'
    George Bernard Shaw called her 'the greatest living Irish woman.'

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