(Princeton, NJ) Irish historian and biographer Judith Hill will present a lecture entitled, “Brickbats and Love: Lady Gregory’s Encounter with America on the Abbey Theatre Tour of 1911-12” on Friday, November 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. The lecture is part of a series presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies. The event is free and open to the public.
Born in London and educated at Girton College, Cambridge, Hill moved to Ireland in 1989 where she works as an architectural historian and biographer. Her books include The Building of Limerick (1991),Irish Public Sculpture: A History (1998), and In Search of Islands – A Life of Conor O’ Brien (2009). She is a contributor to the Irish Arts Review, The Irish Times, and Times Literary Supplement.
Based on her 2011 biography, Lady Gregory: An Irish Life, Hill’s lecture will explore the intersection of culture and craft that occurred when the Abbey Theatre of Dublin toured the United States during the 1911-12 season, led by Lady Gregory, a surprising, yet defining, figure of the Irish Literary Revival. Lady Augusta Gregory was founder of the Abbey Theatre; patron of W. B. Yeats; and a writer of plays, essays, stories, and translations of Irish legends. The Irish American News described Hill’s book as, “A lively biography of this amazing person.”
The Fund for Irish Studies, chaired by Princeton professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, affords all Princeton students, and the community at large, a wider and deeper sense of the languages, literatures, drama, visual arts, history, politics and economics not only of Ireland but of “Ireland in the world.” Its mission is twofold: to coordinate and expand existing courses taught by present members of the faculty, and to offer a series of public lectures, literary readings, conferences, exhibitions, screenings and theatrical performances.