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AE

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Author(s): Summerfield, Henry
AE (ps. of George William Russell), * 10 Apr 1867 (Lurgan), † 17 Jul 1935 (Bournemouth) Theosophist, poet, prose author, artist, journal editor, officer of the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society, and member of the Irish Convention of 1917. George William Russell is best known by his pen-name AE, which he adopted after a compositor was unable to read more than the first two letters of Æon, the Gnostic word for a higher being with which he signed a letter to the editor of the Theosophical journal Lucifer in 1888. Russell was born into a Protestant family in the north of Irelan…