Thomas MacGreevy was born in Tarbert, Co. Kerry, in 1893.
His poetry collections include Poems (London, Heinemann, 1934 [ reprinted New York, The Viking Press, 1934]); Collected Poems edited by Thomas Dillon Redshaw (Dublin, New Writers Press, 1971, foreword by Samuel Beckett [reissued by the Belaqua Series, an imprint of Raven Arts Press, in association with New Writers Press, Dublin 1983]); and Collected Poems of Thomas MacGreevy: An Annotated Edition edited by Susan Schreibman (Dublin, Anna Livia Press, 1991, Washington DC, The Catholic University of America Press, 1991).
His critical work includes Richard Aldington: An Englishman (London, Chatto & Windus, 1931) and TS Eliot: A Study (London, Chatto & Windus, 1931).
He also wrote significant works on art history, and was Director of the National Gallery of Ireland from 1950 to 1963. His many honours include Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Lègion d’Honneur (1948), Officier de la Lègion d’Honneur (1962) and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the National University of Ireland (1962).
He died in Dublin in 1967.