Edna O'Brien

Born Dec 15, 1930

Edna O'Brien is an Irish novelist and short story writer whose works often revolve around the inner feelings of women, and their problems in relating to men and to society as a whole.

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1930 Birth Edna O'Brien was born in 1930 at Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland, a place she would later describe as "fervid" and "enclosed". … Read More
1941 10 Years Old In the years 1941–46 she was educated by the Sisters of Mercy – a circumstance that contributed to a "suffocating" childhood. "I rebelled against the coercive and stifling religion into which I was born and bred. … Read More


1950 19 Years Old In 1950, she was awarded a licence as a pharmacist. … Read More


1954 23 Years Old In 1954, she married, against her parents' wishes, the Irish writer Ernest Gébler and the couple moved to London – "We lived in SW 20. Sub-urb-ia." They had two sons, Carlo (a writer) and Sasha, but the marriage was dissolved in 1964. … Read More
1960 29 Years Old She published her first book, The Country Girls, in 1960. … Read More


1980 49 Years Old In 1980, she wrote a play, Virginia, about Virginia Woolf and it was staged originally in June 1980 at the Stratford Festival, Ontario, Canada and subsequently in the West End of London at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with Maggie Smith and directed by Robin Phillips. … Read More


2006 75 Years Old …  In 2006, she was appointed adjunct professor of English Literature in University College, Dublin.
2009 78 Years Old In 2009, she was honoured with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award during a special ceremony at the year's Irish Book Awards in Dublin.
2011 80 Years Old Her collection Saints and Sinners won the 2011 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, with judge Thomas McCarthy referring to her as "the Solzhenitsyn of Irish life".
2012 81 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Faber and Faber published her memoir, Country Girl, in 2012.
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