J. M. Synge pp 86-95 | Cite as


  • Lady Gregory


I first saw J. M. Synge in the North Island of Aran. I was staying there gathering folk-lore, talking to the people, and felt quite angry when I passed another outsider walking here and there, talking also to the people. I was jealous of not being alone on the island among the fishers and seaweed gatherers. I did not speak to the stranger, nor was he inclined to speak to me; he also looked on me as an intruder, I only heard his name. But a little later in the summer Mr. Yeats, who was staying with me at Coole, had a note from Synge saying he was in Aran. They had met in Paris, Yeats had written of him from there: ‘He is really a most excellent man. He lives in a little room which he has furnished himself; he is his own servant. He works very hard and is learning Breton; he will be a very useful scholar.’


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  1. 11.
    Arthur Symons (1865–1945), one of the most influential men of letters in the last years of the nineteenth century. He was an expert on contemporary French literature, a member of the Rhymers’ Club, and a regular contributor to the leading periodicals of the time. He collaborated with Aubrey Beardsley in producing The Savoy in 1886.Google Scholar
  2. His most important work is perhaps The Symbolist Movement in Literature (1899). He wrote many plays and books of poetry and published translations from six languages. He was a close friend of W. B. Yeats and was a supporter in the fight for the recognition of contemporary Irish writing.Google Scholar

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