Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852–1932) was an Irish dramatist and
folklorist. With William Butler Yeats and others, she co-founded the
Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, and wrote numerous short
works for both companies. Lady Gregory produced a number of books of
retellings of stories taken from Irish mythology. Born into a class
that identified closely with British rule, her conversion to cultural
nationalism, as evidenced by her writings, was emblematic of many of
the changes to occur in Ireland during her lifetime. Lady Gregory is
mainly remembered for her work behind Irish Literary Revival. Her home
at Coole Park, County Galway served as an important meeting place for
leading Revival figures, and her early work as a member of the board of
the Abbey was at least as important for the theatre's development as
her creative writings. Lady Gregory's motto was taken from Aristotle:
"To think like a wise man, but to express oneself like the common
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