Richard Le Gallienne was an English author and poet. The American actress Eva Le Gallienne
Eva Le Gallienne was a well-known actress, producer, and director, during the first half of the 20th century.-Early life and early career:...
(1899–1991) was his daughter, by his second marriage.
Life and career
He was born in Liverpool
Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. It was founded as a borough in 1207 and was granted city status in 1880...
. He started work in an accountant's office, but abandoned this job to become a professional writer. The book My Ladies' Sonnets
appeared in 1887, and in 1889 be became for a brief time literary secretary to Wilson Barrett
Wilson Barrett was an English manager, actor, and playwright.With his company, Barrett is credited with attracting the largest crowds of English theatregoers ever because of his success with melodrama, an instance being his production of The Silver King at the Princess's Theatre of London.The...
He joined the staff of the newspaper The Star
in 1891, and wrote for various papers by the name Logroller
. He contributed to The Yellow Book, and associated with the Rhymer's Club.
His first wife, Mildred Lee, died in 1894, and in 1897 he married Julie Noiregard, subsequently becoming a resident of the United States. They divorced a few years later. He has been credited with the 1906 translation from the Danish of Peter Nansen
Peter Nansen was a Danish novelist, journalist, and publisher.He is best known as the author of the novels Julie's Diary, Marie, and God's Peace, which together constitute Love's Trilogy...
's Love's Trilogy
; but most sources and the book itself attribute it to Julie.
In later times he knew Llewelyn Powys
Llewelyn Powys was a British writer and younger brother of John Cowper Powys and T. F. Powys.-Life:Powys was born in Dorchester, the son of a clergyman, and was educated at Sherborne School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. While lecturing in the United States he contracted tuberculosis...
and John Cowper Powys
-Biography:Powys was born in Shirley, Derbyshire, in 1872, the son of the Reverend Charles Francis Powys , who was vicar of Montacute, Somerset for thirty-two years, and Mary Cowper Johnson, a descendent of the poet William Cowper. He came from a family of eleven children, many of whom were also...
Asked how to say his name, he told The Literary Digest
The Literary Digest was an influential general interest weekly magazine published by Funk & Wagnalls. Founded by Isaac Kaufmann Funk in 1890, it eventually merged with two similar weekly magazines, Public Opinion and Current Opinion.-History:...
the stress was "on the last syllable: le gal-i-enn'.
As a rule I hear it pronounced as if it were spelled 'gallion,' which, of course, is wrong." (Charles Earle Funk, What's the Name, Please?
, Funk & Wagnalls, 1936.)
A number of his works are now available online.
- My Ladies' Sonnets and Other Vain and Amatorious Verses (1887)
- Volumes in Folio (1889) poems
- George Meredith: Some Characteristics (1890)
- The Book-Bills of Narcissus (1891)
- English Poems (1892)
- The Religion of a Literary Man (1893)
- Robert Louis Stevenson: An Elegy and Other Poems (1895)
- Quest of the Golden Girl (1896) novel
- Prose Fancies (1896)
- Retrospective Reviews (1896)
- Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian and of which there are about a thousand, attributed to Omar Khayyám , a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer...
- If I Were God (1897)
- The Romance Of Zion Chapel (1898)
- In Praise of Bishop Valentine (1898)
- Young Lives (1899)
- Sleeping Beauty and Other Prose Fancies (1900)
- The Worshipper Of The Image (1900)
- The Love Letters of the King, or The Life Romantic (1901)
- An Old Country House (1902)
- Odes from the Divan of Hafiz (1903) translation
- Old Love Stories Retold (1904)
- Painted Shadows (1904)
- Romances of Old France (1905)
- Little Dinners with the Sphinx and other Prose Fancies (1907)
- Omar Repentant (1908)
- Wagner's Tristan and Isolde (1909) Translator
- Attitudes and Avowals (1910) essays
- October Vagabonds (1910)
- New Poems (1910)
- The Maker of Rainbows and Other Fairy-Tales and Fables (1912)
- The Lonely Dancer and Other Poems (1913)
- Vanishing Roads and Other Essays (1915)
- The Silk-Hat Soldier and Other Poems in War Time (1915)
- Pieces of Eight (1918)
- The Junk-Man and Other Poems (1920)
- A Jongleur Strayed (1922) poems
- Woodstock: An Essay (1923)
- The Romantic '90s (1925) memoirs
- The Romance of Perfume (1928)
- There Was a Ship (1930)
- From a Paris Garret (1936) memoirs
- The Diary of Samuel Pepys (editor)