Benjamin Black





Benjamin Black

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in Wexford, Ireland
December 08, 1945

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Pen name for John Banville

Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland. His father worked in a garage and died when Banville was in his early thirties; his mother was a housewife. He is the youngest of three siblings; his older brother Vincent is also a novelist and has written under the name Vincent Lawrence as well as his own. His sister Vonnie Banville-Evans has written both a children's novel and a reminiscence of growing up in Wexford.

Educated at a Christian Brothers' school and at St Peter's College in Wexford. Despite having intended to be a painter and an architect he did not attend university. Banville has described this as "A great mistake. I should have gone. I regret not taking that four years of getting drunk and falling in love. But...more


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“All the same, she wondered if they did know what she thought and felt, if they knew without knowing, in that way the Irish were so adept at doing.”
Benjamin Black, Vengeance
tags: irish

“Love was love, and always demanded more than a lover was capable of giving.”
Benjamin Black, Holy Orders
tags: love

“But sometimes when you are getting nowhere, you have to give the wasps' nest a wallop”
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