Æ (George William Russell) was born in Lurgan, County Armagh, in 1867, and moved to Dublin when he was eleven.
An active Irish nationalist, he edited the Irish Homestead (1904–23), where he published James Joyce’s The Sisters, and the Irish Statesman (1923–30), where he published Patrick Kavanagh’s early poems. He worked with Sir Horace Plunkett for Irish agricultural improvement, and he was also a talented amateur painter – the American collector John Quinn commissioned him to paint William Butler Yeats in 1902.
His main subject, however, was mysticism. Russell was one of the major writers in the Irish Literary Renaissance.
Among his poetry collections are Homeward: Songs by the Way (1894); The Earth Breath (1897); The Divine Vision (1904); Collected Poems (London, MacMillan, 1913/New York, John Lane, 1916); Salutation (1917) The House of the Titans (1934); and Selected Poems (1935).
His mystical writings include The Candle of Vision (1918); The Avatars (1933); The Interpreters (1922); and Song and its Fountains (1932).
He died on July 17, 1935, in Bournemouth, England, and is buried in Dublin.
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