Flanagan, Thomas

Thomas Flanagan
Thomas Flanagan. Image source columbia.edu

Thomas Flanagan was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA, in 1923. All four of his grandparents came from Ireland.

A high school friend of Truman Capote, he was professor of English literature at Columbia, and later at Berkeley.

His speciality was Irish literature, and he visited Ireland every summer over a period of forty years.

His historical novels include The Year of the French (New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1979/London, Macmillan, 1979) for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award of 1979; The Tenants of Time (New York, Dutton/Plume, 1988/London, Bantam Press, 1988); and The End of the Hunt (New York E. P. Dutton, 1994/London, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995), all three of which are set in Ireland.

His non-fiction included (with Christopher Cahill and Seamus Heaney) There You Are: Writings on Irish and American Literature and History (New York Review Books Collections, 2004).

He died in 2002 in Berkleley.

*listed because of strong association with Ireland

Thomas Flanagan Papers at Amherst
Columbia News Video Forum Reading, Ethics and the Literary Imagination Are the Focus of Lionel Trilling Seminar: Thomas Flanagan speaks about his experiences in reading Augustine’s “Confessions” over a 15 year period.
Thomas Flanagan at The National Library of Ireland