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My Father's Son (Autobiography of Frank O'Connor #2)

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My Father's Son begins where the author's acclaimed previous memoir, An Only Child, left off -- with Frank O'Connor, at twenty-three, coming out of the internment camp where he had been imprisoned as an Irish revolutionary, and plunging into the burgeoning intellectual-political ferment of Dublin in the 1920s. In this book, the last O'Connor wrote, he re-creates his years ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Syracuse University Press (first published 1968)
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Leslie
I liked the first part of his autobiography better.
This one is amazing due to the number of literary figures he was friends with.
And at a time when men knew how to be friends with each other. It was okay to say, "I loved him." without people wondering... hmmmm
He knew Yeats! That is wonderful although his portrait of the poet is not especially shining.
He really discusses in depth his involvement with the Abbey Theater - and all the mistakes that were made during that time.
The book got amazingly b
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Paul Wilner
Quiet, moving, beautifully written and emotionally honest account of growing up before and during The Troubles, political and familial.
Susan
My Father's Son, the second volume of Frank O'Connor's autobiography, begins with O'Connor barely able to make ends meet and still mailing his laundry home for his mother to do (the cheapest alternative, she told him). He then moves on to his career as a beginning literary man in Dublin and his friendships with A.E., W.B. Yeats and others. O'Connor is a wonderful and insightful storyteller. His stories about Yeats, A.E. and the Abbey Theater make this book highly recommended for anyone intereste ...more
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Frank O’Connor (born Michael Francis O'Connor O'Donovan) was an Irish author of over 150 works, who was best known for his short stories and memoirs. Raised an only child in Cork, Ireland, to Minnie O'Connor and Michael O'Donovan, his early life was marked by his father's alcoholism, indebtness and ill-treatment of his mother.

He was perhaps Ireland's most complete man of letters, best known for hi
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