Collection: Edna O'Brien Papers

Collection DescriptionEdna O’Brien was born in Tuamgraney, Co Clare on 15th December 1930 to Michael O’Brien and Lena O’Brien (neé Cleary). She attended the National School in Scariff and the Convent of Mercy at Loughrea, before moving to Dublin to study pharmacy. In 1954 O’Brien married the Czech/Irish writer Ernest Gébler and the couple moved to London, where they had two sons, Carlo and Sasha. The marriage dissolved in the 1960s. Ernest Gébler died in 1997. Edna O’Brien published her first novel, The Country Girls, in 1960. It met with much criticism and was swiftly banned by the Irish Censorship Board for its perceived explicit sexual content. Her following five books published during the 1960s met the same fate at the hands of the Irish Censorship Board. O’Brien became a controversial figure within the context of a conservative Catholic Ireland, a legacy that some would argue has impinged upon the critical reception of her work long after the disappearance of such moral indignation [UCD Special Collections].
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Repository: UCD Special Collections

Repository NameUCD Special Collections
AddressJames Joyce Library University College Dublin Belfield Dublin 4
EircodeD04 R7R0
Telephone(01) 716-7149
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CommentSome of the information listed from this repository has been extracted from lists available in the archive. These lists were compiled by library staff and we are grateful for their assistance. Where partial or no lists were available, staff of the Women's History Project constructed an outline list. Due to time constraints, not all items in this repository were examined individually.

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