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Edna O'Brien
Edna O'Brien is an Irish novelist, memoirist, playwright, poet and short story writer. She is considered the "doyenne" of Irish literature. Philip Roth considers her "the most gifted woman now writing in English", while former President of Ireland Mary Robinson regards her as "one of the great... show more
Edna O'Brien is an Irish novelist, memoirist, playwright, poet and short story writer. She is considered the "doyenne" of Irish literature. Philip Roth considers her "the most gifted woman now writing in English", while former President of Ireland Mary Robinson regards her as "one of the great creative writers of her generation."

O'Brien's works often revolve around the inner feelings of women, and their problems in relating to men, and to society as a whole. Her first novel, The Country Girls, is often credited with breaking silence on sexual matters and social issues during a repressive period in Ireland following World War II. The book was banned, burned and denounced from the pulpit, and O'Brien left Ireland behind.

O'Brien now lives in London. She is the recipient of the James Joyce Ulysses Medal as well as, in 2001, the Irish PEN Award. Her short story collection Saints and Sinners won the 2011 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the world's richest prize for a short story collection. O'Brien is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Faber and Faber published her memoir, Country Girl, in 2012.
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Birth date: 1930-12-15
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There are people who deserve second changes and others who very much do not. Edna O’Brien shows us both in The Little Red Chairs. As the novel opens, a man has come to the village of Cloonoila, Ireland, to open a New Age clinic. No one knows much about his past, but his charm opens doors everywhere—...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it 6 years ago
The Little Red Chairs, Edna O’Brien, author; Juliet Stevenson, narrator In March, of 2016, Radovan Karadzik was sentenced to 40 years in prison for crimes against humanity by the United Nations Court in The Hague. He led the siege of Sarajevo, beginning in 1992 and continuing until 1995, in which th...
Beamis12
Beamis12 rated it 7 years ago
3.5 Edna O'Brien is an author I have always wanted to read but until now never have. Her first book Country Girls was banned in Ireland upon its release for its depiction of female sexuality. Her writing is elegantly descriptive and though their are a few stories I didn't really care for, there were...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 7 years ago
***PLEASE DO NOT REBLOG*** bookshelves: radio-4x, spring-2015, britain-ireland, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, published-2011 Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners Read from March 11 to 30, 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01061hyDescription: Edna O'Brien is one of the most distinguish...
Garden-of-Stars
Garden-of-Stars rated it 7 years ago
Another one of the rare books that I had to read for school that I also greatly enjoyed, and the class discussions of the stories made me love them even more. I can see what people are talking about when they praise Joyce for the universality found in his work, as well as that essence of what it mea...
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