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Throughout her career, contemporary Irish writer Edna O'Brien has published novels, short stories, drama, screen and teleplays, poetry, travel writing, and children's books. Her imaginative writing, in which she experiments with linguistic and narrative conventions, almost always presents a woman's perspective. She often deals with such themes as personal and national identity, love affairs, exile, memory, and death. She is not a writer who caters to her readers' comfort, but concentrates steadily on the darker sides of life.
15 December 1930 EOB was born in Tuamgraney, County Clare, the youngest of four surviving children. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By February 1960 EOB published her first novel, The Country Girls. It then fell foul of the Irish Censorhip Board, and the close and personal interest in the board taken by the Archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 August 1996 Thirty-six years after The Country Girls, EOB published another hard-hitting Irish novel, Down by the River, which considers the troubled intersections of personal, state, and religious concerns. Bibliographic Citation link.
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