Emily Lawless

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EL published in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries across a wide range of forms: the novel, history, fictional autobiography, short story, poetry, and critical biography. Remembered primarily for her work on Irish themes, Lawless's writing has also been gaining increasing critical attention for its feminist and environmental concerns.

Milestones

17 June 1845
EL , future novelist and poet, was born at Lyons Castle in county Kildare, Ireland.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
January 1867
Twenty-one-year-old EL published An Addition to Mr. Birchall 's List of 'The Lepidoptera of Ireland' in the Entomologist's Monthly Magazine.
Hansson, Heidi. Emily Lawless 1845-1913: Writing the Interspace. Cork University Press, 2007.
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By 13 March 1892
EL published Grania: The Story of an Island, which is considered by critics to be her masterpiece.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
New York Tribune.
(13 March 1892): 14
19 October 1913
EL died at Gomshall in Surrey: her obituaries do not name the cause of her death.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
June 1914
EL 's final work, a book of poetry which she was revising when she died, was The Inalienable Heritage, privately printed after her death with a preface provided by Edith Sichel .
Sichel, Edith. “Emily Lawless”. Nineteenth Century, pp. 80 - 100.
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Biography

Birth, Family, and Youth

17 June 1845
EL , future novelist and poet, was born at Lyons Castle in county Kildare, Ireland.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.