George William Russell [AE] letters to James Stephens

Biographical and Historical Notes

George William Russell [AE]

Irish writer, poet, and painter George William Russell (1867-1935) was known for infusing his work with spirituality. Russell was also politically active, writing about Irish identity and independence under the pseudonym AE. Beginning in 1905, Russell edited The Irish Homestead and continued this role when the paper merged with The Irish Statesman in 1923. Russell's writing covered a wide span of themes in the arts, philosophy, and politics.


"Russell, George William, 1867-1935." Literature Online. (accessed February 9, 2007).

James Stephens

Irish writer James Stephens (1882-1950), whose friend and mentor was George Russell, wrote poems and novels during the Irish Literary Renaissance. Stephens was well regarded by his contemporaries James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, George Moore, and Oliver St. John Gogarty.


"Stephens, James, 1882-1950." Literature Online. (accessed February 15, 2007).

Scope and Content Note

This small collection is a group of letters from George William Russell [AE] to his protégée James Stephens over the period of three years in the 1920s.