Edna O'Brien

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Edna O'Brien

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in Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland
December 15, 1930

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Edna O’Brien (b. 1930), an award-winning Irish author of novels, plays, and short stories, has been hailed as one of the greatest chroniclers of the female experience in the twentieth century. She is the 2011 recipient of the Frank O’Connor Prize, awarded for her short story collection Saints and Sinners. She has also received, among other honors, the Irish PEN Award for Literature, the Ulysses Medal from University College Dublin, and a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Literary Academy. Her 1960 debut novel, The Country Girl, was banned in her native Ireland for its groundbreaking depictions of female sexuality. Notable works also include August Is a Wicked Month (1965), A Pagan Place (1970), Lantern Slides (1990), and The Light o...more


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The Country Girls Trilogy
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 801 ratings — published 1986 — 8 editions
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The Country Girls
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 858 ratings — published 1960 — 19 editions
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In the Forest
3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 632 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
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Country Girl
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 575 ratings25 editions
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House of Splendid Isolation
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 440 ratings — published 1994 — 11 editions
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Girl With Green Eyes
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 445 ratings — published 1962 — 18 editions
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Down by the River
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 267 ratings — published 1997 — 6 editions
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The Light of Evening
3.26 of 5 stars 3.26 avg rating — 302 ratings — published 2006 — 18 editions
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Saints and Sinners: Stories
3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 269 ratings — published 2011 — 10 editions
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Wild Decembers
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 257 ratings — published 1999 — 18 editions
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“Darkness is drawn to light, but light does not know it; light must absorb the darkness and therefore meet its own extinguishment.”
Edna O'Brien, In the Forest

“When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.”
Edna O'Brien

“In our deepest moments we say the most inadequate things."

(Sister Imelda)
Edna O'Brien, A Fanatic Heart

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