George William Russell [AE] letters and poems

Biographical and Historical Notes

George William Russell [AE] (1867-1935)

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).

Scope and Content Note

This collection is a group of letters from Irish writer, poet, and painter George William Russell [AE] to James Wells of Crosby Gaige Publishers along with galleys of ten poems. The letters are written on the stationery of The Irish Statesman. One letter is dated September 12, 1927, and the other two are dated September 14, 1927. The galleys of ten poems bear a few autograph corrections by Russell, with the initial sheet inscribed, "George Russell AE for Crosby Gaige." The galleys served as the printer's copy for the 1928 Crosby Gaige publication of Midsummer Eve (Special Collections call number: SPEC PR6035.U7 M5 1928). The poems are entitled: "Midsummer Eve," "Platonics," "Vale," "How?," "In Tirnanoge," "The Gay," "Time," "The Forge," "Will O' The Wisp," and "Remembrance."