Gébler, Ernest

Carlo and Ernest Gebler
Carlo and Ernest Gébler. Image source Cover of Father & I

Ernest Gébler was born in Dublin in 1915.

He was married for a time to Edna O’Brien and they had two sons, Sasha, and the novelist Carlo Gébler.

His principal novels are He had My Heart Scalded; The Voyage of the Mayflower (1950), which was filmed and sold five million copies; A Week in the Country; The Love Investigator; The Old Man and the Girl; and Hoffman (published in UK as Shall I Eat You?).

His plays include She Sits Smiling (Dublin, The Pike Theatre, 1954); The Spaniards in Galway; Eileen O’Roon; A Cry for Help (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage, 1975); and Call Me Daddy (Dublin, The Project Art Centre, 1974).

His screenplays included Hoffman, starring Peter Sellers and Sinéad Cusack (1970); and The Lonely Girl, an adaptation of Edna O’Brien’s Girl With the Green Eyes.

His television drama includes Call Me Daddy, Women Can be Monsters; Why Aren’t You Famous (an adaptation of Eileen O’Roon); Where Will I find what will Change my Life?; and A Little Milk of Human Kindness.

He received an American Academy Award for his television drama Call Me Daddy.
He was a member of Aosdána, and died in Dublin on 26 Jan 1998.

Ernest Gébler at The National Library of Ireland

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