George Roberts (publisher)

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George Roberts (1873–1953) was an Irish actor, poet and publisher.

He was born in Belfast and became an actor with the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. He co-founded the publishing house of Maunsel and Company with Stephen Gwynn and Joseph Maunsel Hone.[1] This firm published works by W. B. Yeats, John Millington Synge, Lady Gregory, George William Russell, James Stephens, Douglas Hyde and others and became part of the Irish Literary Revival. Between 1909 and 1912, when he visited Dublin, Joyce negotiated with Roberts to publish his book Dubliners, but their contract was not fulfilled, owing to a series of fears of prosecution for obscenity and libel. The book was published in June 1914 by the London publisher Grant Richards.


  1. ^ John Kelly, Ronald Schuchard: The Collected Letters of W.B. Yeats, 1905-1907 (2005). Oxford University Press. p. 87
  • Ó Ceallaigh, Seán (2003). Liam Prút ed., ed. Éamonn Mac Giolla Iasachta, 1887-1986: beathaisnéis. Baile Átha Cliath: Coiscéim.