Stuart, Francis


Francis Stuart was born in Australia in 1902.

His plays include Men Crowd me Round (1933); and Strange Guest (1940). His short prose was collected in States of Mind (Dublin,Raven Arts Press, 1983). His poetry includes We Have Kept the Faith (Dublin, Oak,1933), reprinted by The Raven Arts Press; Night Pilot (Raven Arts Press, 1988); and Collected Poems (Raven Arts Press, 1992). He has written many novels, including Women and God (London, Jonathan Cape, 1931); Pigeon Irish (London, Gollancz/New York, Macmillan, 1932); The Coloured Dome (London, Gollancz, 1932/New York, Macmillan, 1933); Try the Sky (London, Gollancz/New York, Macmillan, 1933); Glory (London, Gollancz/New York, Macmillan, 1933); The White Hare (London, 1932/New York, Macmillan, 1933In Search of Love (London, Collins/New York, Macmillan, 1935); The Angel of Pity (London, Grayson & Grayson, 1935); The White Hare (London, Collins/New York, Macmillan, 1936); The Bridge (London, Collins, 1937); Julie (London, Collins/New York, Knopf, 1938); The Great Squire (London,Collins, 1939); The Pillar of Cloud (London, Victor Gollancz,1948, re-issued London, Martin Brian & O’Keeffe, 1974); Redemption (Victor Gollancz, 1949/New York, Devin Adair, 1950); The Flowering Cross (London, Gollancz/Toronto, Longmans, 1950); Good Friday’s Daughter (London, Gollancz/Toronto, Bond Street, 1952); The Chariot (London, Gollancz/Toronto, Bond Street, 1953); The Pilgrimage (London, Gollancz/Toronto, Bond Street, 1955); Victors and Vanquished (London, Gollancz, 1958/Cleveland, Pennington, 1959/London, Martin, Brian & O’Keeffe 1974); Angels of Providence (London, Gollancz/Toronto, Doubleday,1959); Black List Section H (USA, Southern Illinois University Press,1971, re-issued, Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 1995); Memorial (Martin Brian & O’Keeffe1973, re-issued Dublin, Raven Arts Press/UK, Bucks. Colin Smythe, 1984); A Hole in the Head (Martin Brian & O’Keeffe, 1977); The High Consistory (Martin Brian & O’Keeffeffe, 1981); Faillandia (Raven Arts Press, 1985); and A Compendium of Lovers (Raven Arts Press, 1990).

To mark his 85th birthday on April 29th 1987, Raven Arts Press published his extended metaphysical essay The Abandoned Snail Shell, in memory of his second wife, Madeleine.

A member of Aosdána, he was elected Saoi, its highest honour.

He died in Co Clare, in February 2000.


See The Francis Stuart Papers at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Francis Stuart at Wikipedia

Francis Stuart at The National Library of Ireland


Select Bibliography
Francis Stuart: a Life. Geoffrey Elborn, (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1990).
The Wartime Broadcasts of Francis Stuart, 1942-1944. Ed. Brendan Barrington, (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 2001).
Francis Stuart: Artist and Outcast. Kevin Kiely (Dublin, The Liffey Press, 2007).