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Stephen Lucius Gwynn (1864 - 1950):
Writer and politician

Stephen Gwynn was born in Dublin, but spent his formative years in County Donegal. He was educated in Dublin and Oxford. He became a teacher, then journalist and author and from 1906 to 1918 he was a Nationalist member of parliament for Galway and later a member of the Irish Convention. In 1899 he published Highways and Byways in Donegal and Antrim, and his collected poems were published in 1923. The Old Knowledge; John Maxwell's Marriage; The Glade in the Forest, and Robert Emmet are among his novels and short-story collections. His autobiography, Experiences of a Literary Man, was published in London in 1926. Regarded as an expert on 18th-century Ireland, he wrote Henry Grattan and his Times, as well as several biographies, including Dean Swift and Goldsmith. He was awarded membership of the Legion of Honour for his service in France during the First World War. Before his death he was honoured by the Irish Academy of Letters and had an honorary doctorate conferred upon him by the National University of Ireland. In the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, there is a portrait of Gwynn by Sir William Rothenstein.

Born: 13 February 1864
Died: 11 June 1950
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