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

Average rating: 3.5 · 24,419 ratings · 3,320 reviews · 81 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Little Red Chairs

3.26 avg rating — 7,240 ratings — published 2015 — 35 editions
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The Country Girls (The Coun...

3.63 avg rating — 3,143 ratings — published 1960 — 45 editions
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The Country Girls Trilogy

3.88 avg rating — 1,524 ratings — published 1986 — 21 editions
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Country Girl

3.42 avg rating — 1,480 ratings — published 2012 — 26 editions
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In the Forest

3.61 avg rating — 1,232 ratings — published 2002 — 18 editions
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Girl with Green Eyes (The C...

3.68 avg rating — 1,242 ratings — published 1962 — 41 editions
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House of Splendid Isolation

3.68 avg rating — 787 ratings — published 1994 — 19 editions
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Saints and Sinners

3.55 avg rating — 617 ratings — published 2011 — 15 editions
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Girls in Their Married Blis...

3.54 avg rating — 664 ratings — published 1964 — 24 editions
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Wild Decembers

3.52 avg rating — 550 ratings — published 1999 — 23 editions
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“In our deepest moments we say the most inadequate things.”
Edna O'Brien, A Fanatic Heart

“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.”
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