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The MacGreevy Archive

The goal of the Thomas MacGreevy Hypertext Chronology is to create an electronic archive about the life, work and relationships of Thomas MacGreevy.

MacGreevy (1893-1967), poet, critic, translator, art historian and Director of the National Gallery of Ireland (1950-1963), is one of the pivotal figures of Irish Modernism. His links with Irish, British, American and European writers, artists, art historians, and politicians was so extensive that an examination of his life provides a unique window onto cultural and artistic interconnections for the first three quarters of this century.

Through a mixture of chance and circumstance, the vast majority of documents relating to MacGreevy's life and work have been preserved, comprising a body of material of richness and complexity. This core material, deposited by his literary executors at Trinity College Dublin, is one of their most valuable archival collections. But this core archive cannot be fully appreciated until examined in the context of material from other sources, including published work, musical recordings, numerous private collections, art work from national galleries, and other archives.

MacGreevy's papers, would be most valuable as a research tool organised in a way which minimises editorial and interpretative interference while maximising comprehensiveness and accessibility. This is the purpose of a chronology. Once presented in such a form, the sheer volume of the archive will no doubt, in time, foster a number of reinterpretations of twentieth-century Irish culture by providing a unique source of material for scholars.

One of the goals of the Thomas MacGreevy Hypertext Chronology is to link several verbal languages to the languages of music and the visual arts. As it will also link literature to history, politics and social culture at a turning point in the emergence of modern Ireland, it will provide a model for the assessment and interpretation of material at the cross-roads of interdisciplinary understanding.

Copyright 1998 Susan Schreibman, Department of English, UCD

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