Edna O’Brien is considered one of the important contemporary Irish women writers of the late twentieth century. Through her Irish Catholic characters and settings, she evokes themes that are timeless. As Thomas Cahill has put it, “Edna O’Brien writes about love and death, the only two things that can ever matter to a great writer. She tells the truth” (p. 11).
Works by Edna O’Brien
The Country Girls. New York: Knopf, 1960.
The Lonely Girls. New York: Random House, 1962.
Girls in Their Married Bliss. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1964.
The Love Object. London: Penguin, 1968.
A Pagan Place. 1970. London: Penguin Books, 1971.
A Scandalous Woman and Other Stories. New York: Harcourt, 1974.
Mother Ireland. New York: Harcourt, 1976.
Returning. 1982. London: Penguin Books, 1983.
Virginia. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985.
Lantern Slides: Short Stories. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988.
House of Splendid Isolation. 1994. New York: Plume, 1995.
Down by the River. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997.
James Joyce. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1999.
Works about Edna O’Brien
Cahill, Thomas. “On Edna O’Brien’s Lantern Slides.” Los Angeles Times 4 November 1990: 11.
Eckley, Grace. Edna O’Brien. Lewisburg, Pennsylvania: Bucknell University Press, 1974.
Gordon, Mary. “The Failure of True Love.” New York Times Book Review 18 November 1984: 1, 38.
Guppy, Shusha. “The Art of Fiction IXXVII: Edna O’Brien Interview.” Paris Review 26 (1984): 23–50.
——. “Edna O’Brien.” Writer at Work Seventh Series. Ed. George Plimpton. New York: Viking, 1986. 241–65.
Leavitt, David. “Small Tragedies and Ordinary Passions.” New York Times Book Review 24 June 1990: 9.
McQuade, Molly. “PW Interviews Edna O’Brien.” Publisher’s Weekly 18 May 1992: 48–49.
Naipaul, V. S. “Review.” Modern Irish Literature. Ed. Denis and Carol McCrory Lane. New York: Ungar, 1988. 431.
O’Brien, Darcy. “Edna O’Brien: A Kind of Irish Childhood.” Twentieth Century Women Novelists. Ed. Thomas F. Staley. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1982. 179–91.
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Publication information: Book title: Catholic Women Writers:A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook. Contributors: Mary R. Reichardt - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2001. Page number: 273.
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