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O'Brien, Edna

Works: 530 works in 2,693 publications in 10 languages and 51,092 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Biographies  Domestic fiction  Short stories  Romance fiction  Horror fiction  Novels  Horror tales  Autobiographies 
Subject Headings: Authors, Irish 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Author of screenplay, Interviewee, Contributor, Honoree, Creator, Performer, Author of introduction, Other, Correspondent, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PR6065.B7, 823.914
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Most widely held works by Edna O'Brien
The little red chairs : a novel by Edna O'Brien( Book )

41 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 2,566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ten years on from her last novel, Edna O'Brien reminds us why she is thought to be one of the great Irish writers of this and any generation. When a wanted war criminal from the Balkans, masquerading as a faith healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community are in thrall. One woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell and in this astonishing novel, Edna O'Brien charts the consequences of that fatal attraction. The Little Red Chairs is a story about love, the artifice of evil, and the terrible necessity of accountability in our shattered, damaged world. A narrative which dares to travel deep into the darkness has produced a book of enormous emotional intelligence and courage. Written with a fierce lyricism and sensibility, The Little Red Chairs dares to suggest there is a way back to redemption and hope when great evil is done. Almost six decades on from her debut, Edna O'Brien has produced what may be her masterpiece in the novel form."
Wild Decembers by Edna O'Brien( Book )

50 editions published between 1998 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charts the quick and critical demise of relations between Joseph Brennan and Mick Bugler, 'the warring sons of warring sons, ' in the countryside of western Ireland."--Jacket
House of splendid isolation by Edna O'Brien( Book )

52 editions published between 1994 and 2021 in 3 languages and held by 1,760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An IRA terrorist, McGreevy, invades Josie's remote old house outside an Irish village, and their coexistence begins as a hostile standoff and evolves into something far more ambiguous
James Joyce by Edna O'Brien( Book )

38 editions published between 1999 and 2020 in 6 languages and held by 1,536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines one of Ireland's most celebrated writers, tracing his life from restive young Jesuit student, through his relationship with Nora Barnacle, to his exile to Trieste
The light of evening by Edna O'Brien( Book )

38 editions published between 2006 and 2020 in English and held by 1,522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From her Dublin hospital bed, an ailing elderly woman recalls the important events and people of her life, from her emigration to America in the 1920s, to her Irish marriage, to motherhood, as she awaits a visit from her estranged daughter, Eleanora
Girl by Edna O'Brien( Book )

42 editions published between 2019 and 2021 in 4 languages and held by 1,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I was a girl once, but not any more." So begins Girl, Edna O'Brien's harrowing portrayal of the young women abducted by Boko Haram. Set in the deep countryside of northeast Nigeria, this is a brutal story of incarceration, horror, and hunger; a hair-raising escape into the manifold terrors of the forest; and a descent into the labyrinthine bureaucracy and hostility awaiting a victim who returns home with a child blighted by enemy blood. From one of the century's greatest living authors, Girl is an unforgettable story of one victim's astonishing survival, and her unflinching faith in the redemption of the human heart
In the forest by Edna O'Brien( Book )

47 editions published between 2001 and 2020 in English and held by 1,483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michen O'Kane, who was born with a killer instinct, unleashes his murderous rage along the countryside of western Ireland, drawing innocent victims into the forest of his twisted fantasies
Down by the river by Edna O'Brien( Book )

36 editions published between 1996 and 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Ireland a girl is raped by her father, but is prevented from having an abortion until a court decides if she can, by which time it is likely to be too late. Mary McNamara, 14, becomes a virtual prisoner and a political football for factions of every kind. Based on real events by the author of House of Splendid Isolation
Time and tide by Edna O'Brien( Book )

31 editions published between 1992 and 2019 in English and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

O'Brien's lyrical yet intense style and her genius for probing the truth of the inner life have won her acclaim throughout the world. Now, she explores the ties that bind mothers and children in this classic modern drama. "Another virtuoso performance".--People magazine
A fanatic heart : selected stories of Edna O'Brien by Edna O'Brien( Book )

46 editions published between 1984 and 2020 in English and held by 1,255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these selections from twenty years of her best short fiction, Edna O'Brien's A Fanatic Heart pulls the reader into a woman's experience. Her stories portray a young Irish girl's view of obsessive love and its often wrenching pain, while tales of contemporary life show women who open themselves to sexuality, to disappointment, to madness. Throughout, there is always O'Brien's voice'wondrous, despairing, moving'examining passionate subjects that lay bare the desire and needs that can be hidden in a woman's heart
Night by Edna O'Brien( Book )

64 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It brings a new and fierce and deadly honesty to the expression of a woman's sexual life."--The Guardian
A pagan place by Edna O'Brien( Book )

79 editions published between 1970 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Pagan Place is Edna O'Brien's true novel of Ireland. Here she returns to that uniquely wonderful, terrible, peculiar place she once called home and writes not only of a life there--of the child becoming a woman--but of the Irish experience out of which that life arises--perhaps more pointedly than in any of her other works. This is the Ireland of country villages and barley fields, of druids in the woods, of unknown babies in the womb, of mischievous girls and Tans with guns. Ireland has marked Edna O'Brien's life and work with unmistakable color and depth, and here she recreates her homeland with a singular grace and intensity."--Publisher description
Saints and sinners : stories by Edna O'Brien( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A timeless collection of short stories about the driving forces in our lives. The author introduces us to a vivid new cast of restless, searching people who, whether in the Irish countryside or London or New York, remind us of our own humanity. A librarian waits in the lobby of a posh Dublin hotel expecting to meet a celebrated poet while reflecting on the great love who disappointed her. Irish workers dream of becoming millionaires in London, but long for their quickly changing homeland exiles in both places. A searing anatomy of class is seen through a little girl's eyes
Lantern slides : stories by Edna O'Brien( Book )

28 editions published between 1990 and 2019 in English and held by 1,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ireland, England, and other vacation locales are the setting for twelve short stories
The high road by Edna O'Brien( Book )

41 editions published between 1983 and 2019 in English and Spanish and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chance brings a circle of women to a Spanish enclave, a small town overrun with flowers and perched above a sea "of such blueness that it seemed not to be water but a potion of magical properties.' They are here to settle their accounts with the past: the imperious Iris, no longer young; Charlotte, the once glittering debutante who has chosen a life of withdrawal; and Anna, the yearning narrator, who senses in the young Spanish girl Catalina a rare chance to defy the ravages of time and to grasp at a renewal of hope. [This novel] is a richly passionate account of lost love and regained love in which currents of regret and loneliness clash with a fierce instinct for survival. --Provided by publisher
The country girls trilogy and epilogue by Edna O'Brien( Book )

30 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kate and Baba are two ambitious Irish country girls in search of life: romantic Kate seeks love, while pragmatic Baba will take whatever she can get. Together they set out to conquer Dublin." -- From the publisher
Girl with green eyes by Edna O'Brien( Book )

116 editions published between 1962 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caithleen and Baba, first encountered in The Country Girls , are now living in Dublin, where they discuss men, drink gin, and try to look fast. Cait, in the pursuit of true love, becomes involved with the fanatically domineering Eugene Gaillard. Painful disillusion and occasional moments of bliss in her life make this a bittersweet tale, and it is told with all the perception and wit that is the hallmark of Edna O'Brien
Country girl : a memoir by Edna O'Brien( Book )

147 editions published between 1960 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kate and Baba, two young Irish country girls who have spend their childhood together, leave the safety of their convent school in search of life and love in the city. Kate is dreamy and romantic and yearning for love, while Baba just wants to experience life as a single woman. Although they set out together, their lives take unexpected turns with each learning to find her own way
The love object : selected stories by Edna O'Brien( Book )

22 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The thirty-one stories collected in this volume provide, among other things, a cumulative portrait of Ireland, seen from within and without. Coming of age, the impact of class, and familial and romantic love are the prevalent motifs, along with the instinct toward escape and subsequent nostalgia for home. Some of the stories are linked and some carry O'Brien's distinct sense of the comical. In "A Rose in the Heart of New York," the single-mindedness of love dramatically derails the relationship between a girl and her mother, while in "Sister Imelda" and "The Creature" the strong ties between teacher and student and mother and son are ultimately broken. "The Love Object" recounts a passionate affair between the narrator and her older lover. The magnificent, mid-career title story from Lantern Slides portrays a Dublin dinner party that takes on the lives and loves of all the guests. More recent stories include "Shovel Kings" and "Old Wounds," which follows the revival and demise of the friendship between two elderly cousins
Byron in love : a short daring life by Edna O'Brien( Book )

26 editions published between 2009 and 2019 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographer Edna O'Brien follows Byron from the dissipations of Regency London to the wilds of Albania and the Socratic pleasures of Greece and Turkey, culminating in his meteoric rise to fame at the age of 24 on the publication of Childe Harold. With her prismatic eye and novelistic style, O'Brien captures the spirit of the man and creates a portrait of Byron that explodes the Romantic myth. From his escapades with a fourteen-year-old Cambridge choir boy, to those with a galaxy of women that included his half-sister, his wife of one year, and the Italian countess who forsook her husband for "the peer of England," Byron scandalized the world and inspires "Byronmania" to this day--the poet as rebel, imaginative and lawless, and defiantly immortal.--From publisher description
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Alternative Names
Edna O’Brien irische Schriftstellerin

Edna O’Brienová irská spisovatelka

Edna O'Brien irländsk poet och manusförfattare

Edna O'Brien irlandzka pisarka

Edna O'Brien irsk poet og manusforfattar

Edna O'Brien irsk poet og manusforfatter

Edna O'Brien irsk poet og manuskriptforfatter

Edna O'Brien nouvelliste et poétesse irlandaise

Edna O'Brien Novelist, memoirist, biographer, playwright, poet and short story writer

Edna O'Brien scenarioschrijfster uit Ierland

Edna O'Brien scrittrice irlandese

Gebler, Edna

Gebler Edna O'Brien

Gébler, Edna O'Brien 1930-

O'Braian, Entna

O'Braian, Entna 1930-

O'Brajen Edna

O'Brien Edna

O'Brien, Edna, 1936-

O'Brien Gebler, Edna

Една О'Браєн ірландська письменниця

О'Брайен, Эдна

Эдна О'Брайен ирландская писательница

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או׳בראיין, עדנה

או'ברין, עדנה, 1932-

עדנה או'בריאן

עדנה או'בריאן סופרת אירית

ادنا اوبراين

إدنا أوبراين كاتبة أيرلندية

ادنا اوبراین فیلمنامه‌نویس و شاعر ایرلندی

ادنا اوبراین نمایش‌نامه‌نویس، شاعر و رمان‌نویس ایرلندی

오브라이언, 에드나 1932-


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