Kate O'Brien

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KOB , twentieth-century Irish writer, was successively a journalist, playwright, novelist, essayist, travel writer, and biographer. She was, she said, influenced by the singing voice and by dance music. Masefield said, Don't despise dance music; it is the music hearts break to.
Reynolds, Lorna. Kate O’Brien: A Literary Portrait. Colin Smythe; Barnes and Noble, 1987.
prelims
Her fiction often focuses on an Irish female protagonist's search for love and freedom. She shows such a quest as generally unsuccessful: love does not prove lasting, and spiritual and physical freedom often turn out to be mutually incompatible.
Black-and-white photo of Kate O'brien, 1926. Standing and looking intently at the camera, she is wearing a sleeveless plaid blouse with a tie            at the neck and has her hair cropped short.
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Black and white photograph of Kate O'Brien, sitting in an upholstered chair, with her sister Nancy O'Brien perched on its arm beside her. Both look straight at the camera. Kate is wearing a long, dark skirt and a V-necked sweater with a pattern of horizontal stripes. She has short, dark, straight hair and is holding a paper in her lap.
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Milestones

3 December 1897
KOB was born at Limerick in Ireland, the seventh of nine children, four of them girls.
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January 1940
KOB , posting a letter late on a rainy evening in the London blackout, felt suddenly invaded by what seemed to be an entire novel which I was one day to write and which was to be called That Lady.
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By late 1946
KOB published the novel which until recent feminist re-discovery of her was probably her best-known, the historical fiction That Lady.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
13 August 1974
KOB died in hospital at Canterbury in England.
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Biography

Birth and Family

3 December 1897
KOB was born at Limerick in Ireland, the seventh of nine children, four of them girls.
Reynolds, Lorna. Kate O’Brien: A Literary Portrait. Colin Smythe; Barnes and Noble, 1987.
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