O’Brien, Edna

Edna O’Brien was born in Co Clare.

Edna O'Brien
Edna O'Brien. Image Source Munster Lit.

Her novels include The Country Girls (London, Hutchinson & Company 1960); The Lonely Girl (London, Jonathan Cape, 1962 – published in paperback as Girl With Green Eyes, London, Penguin Books, 1964); Girls in their Married Bliss (Jonathan Cape, 1963); August is a Wicked Month (1964); Casualties of Peace (Jonathan Cape 1966); Night (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1972); A Pagan Place (London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1970); Zee & Co. (London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson.1971); Night (Weidenfeld and Nicolson.1972); The High Road; Time and Tide (London, Viking, 1992) ; House of Splendid Isolation (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1994); Down by River (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1996); Wild Decembers (London, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1999); In the Forest (Weidenfeld & Nicolson,2002/Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002); The Light of Evening (London, Orion, 2006/ Houghton Mifflin, 2006).

Her short story collections include The Love Object & Other Stories (London, Jonathan Cape, 1968); A Scandalous Woman and Other Stories (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1974) Mrs Reinhardt and Other Stories (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1978); A Fanatic Heart: Selected Stories (Weidenfeld & Nicolson,1984/New York, Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 1984.); Lantern Slides (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1978); and Saints and Sinners (Faber, 2011).

Amongst her other books are James Joyce (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999/New York, Viking, 1999).
Her plays include A Pagan Place (London, Faber & Faber 1973 ); Virginia (London: The Hogarth Press, 1981/New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981); Beloved; and an adaptation of Iphigenia written especially for the Crucible Stage in Sheffield (2003).

Her memoir is Country Girl: A Memoir By Edna O’Brien (London, Faber and Faber, 2012).

She has received many awards, including that of the Los Angeles Times; Writers’ Guild of Great Britain; European Literature Prize (1995); and the Italia Prima Cavour.

She is a member of Aosdána, and lives in London.



Edna O’Brien at Munster Lit

Edna O’Brien at The National Library of Ireland