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Molly Keane had two distinct phases in her writing career. Between 1926 and 1961 she wrote, under the pseudonym 'M. J. Farrell', eleven novels and four plays. After almost twenty years of silence, she published further novels and other works under her own name. Molly Keane was primarily a satirist, and her ongoing target was the privileged Anglo-Irish world in which she grew up. She has been compared to Elizabeth Bowen, Maria Edgeworth, and Jonathan Swift. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 July 1904 Mary Skrine (later MK) was born at Kilnamora in County Kildare, the middle child in a family of five. Bibliographic Citation link.
1926 At the age of seventeen Molly Skrine (later MK) published her first novel, The Knight of Cheerful Countenance, under the pseudonym 'M. J. Farrell'. Bibliographic Citation link.
By April 1981 Molly Keane published her most successful work, the novel Good Behaviour. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 October 1993 MK and her daughter Sally Phipps published Molly Keane's Ireland: An Anthology. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 April 1996 MK died at her home in Ardmore, County Waterford, Ireland, after a fall. Bibliographic Citation link.
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