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Jennifer Johnston, a twentieth-century Irish novelist and playwright, often focuses on Irish historical and political themes in the fourteen novels she had published by 2007. Bibliographic Citation link. She writes about coming-of-age themes, issues of loyalty and treachery, family relationships, and friendship, especially friendship between young men that involves class divides or national loyalties. Critic Caitriona Moloney observes that her works refuse closure. Bibliographic Citation link.
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12 January 1930 JJ was born in Dublin, the elder of two children of parents who were both deeply involved in Irish theatre. Bibliographic Citation link.
Between 1933 and 1947 As a child, JJ wrote her own plays and they were acted in school concerts. She also wrote stories, but as she grew older she began to write less frequently. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1991 JJ published another novel through Sinclair-Stevenson, The Invisible Worm, which is titled from Blake's poem "The Sick Rose". Bibliographic Citation link.
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