Ulster-born George William Russell (1867-1935) was dubbed by W. B. Yeats's sisters as 'the strayed angel'. To others he was 'A.E', a pseudonym derived from Aeon, a Gnostic word meaning the first of mankind created by God, which Russell first used in 1888. Active in the Irish theatre and writing for journals, he helped organize the Irish Academy of Letters. Russell was a strong supporter to other writers like Seumas O'Sullivan, Padraic Colum, and James Stephens. Indeed, as editor of the weekly Irish Homestead, he first published three of Joyce's short stories. His Selected Poems was published two months after his death in 1935.