Stephens, James

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James Stephens was born in Dublin in 1882.

In his early years he was a solicitor’s clerk, and later Registrar of the National Gallery of Ireland. Amongst his many literary friends was James Joyce, who, partly because they shared a birth year, suggested that Stephens finish Finnegans Wake should Joyce himself fail.

His poetry collections include Insurrections (Dublin, Maunsel, 1909); Songs from the Clay (London & New York, Macmillan 1915); In the Land of Youth (London & New York, MacMillan, 1924); and Etched in Moonlight (London & MacMillan, 1928). Kings and the Moon(London & New York, Macmillan, 1938); Poetry Recital (New York, Macmillan, 1925); Reincarnations, [versions of Gaelic Poets](London & New York, Macmillan, 1918); and Collected Poems, (London & New York, Macmillan 1926/ 2nd ed. 1954).

He published two famous novels, The Charwoman’s Daughter (London, Macmillan, 1912); and The Crock of Gold (London, Macmillan, 1912).

His plays and other prose, including his delightful expositions of Irish fairytales and mythology include The Hill of Vision (New York, Macmillan, 1912); Here are Ladies (London and NY Macmillan, 1913); The Demi-Gods (London & New York, Macmillan, 1914); Green Branches (Dublin & London, Maunsel, 1916); The Insurrection in Dublin (Dublin & London, Maunsel, 1916); Irish Fairy Tales (London & New York, Macmillan, 1920); Deirdre (London & New York, Macmillan, 1923); In the Land of Youth (London & New York, Macmillan, 1924); Etched in Moonlight ((London & New York, Macmillan, 1928); Julia Elizabeth: A Comedy in One Act (New York, Crosby Gaige, 1929); Theme and Variations (New York, Fountain Press, 1930); How St Patrick Saves the Irish (Privately Printed, 1931); and Strict Joy (London & New York, Macmillan, 1931).

His unpublished writings were postumously published as James, Seamus and Jacques: Unpublished Writings by James Stephens. Lloyd Frankenberg (ed.) (London & New York, Macmillan, 1964)

He died in London on December 26, 1950

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