Katharine Tynan

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The busy writing career of Irish nationalist poet, novelist, and journalist KT spanned the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, driven partly by the need to support her family. Her more than 160 volumes include about a hundred novels (written primarily for women, many of them romance and some gothic), twenty-seven volumes of poetry (some of it inspired by Irish heritage, nationalism, and Catholicism), twenty-three collections of short stories, six volumes of autobiography, three volumes of sketches, a religious play, a book of axioms, and three volumes of biography or memoirs of other people.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Napier, Taura S., and Louise S. Napier. Seeking a Country: Literary Autobiographies of Twentieth-Century Irishwomen. University Press of America, 2001.
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She selected and edited three poetry collections and a massive volume of Irish literature, all of them important in the Irish Literary Revival, which she helped to produce. Her non-fiction covers Irish history, work for children (including a religious text and a book on behaviour), and a collaboratively written book on flowers. As a journalist she turned out articles and sketches on social, political, and gender issues. She kept an unpublished diary, and a journal of the Great War.
Black and white half-length photograph of a young Katharine Tynan, wearing a white blouse with frilled neckline and short sleeves. Her light hair is short, and she has one hand to her chin. Her surroundings are hard to make out: she may be sitting outdoors with bunches of grasses.
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Milestones

23 January 1859
KT was born at South Richmond Street, South Circular Road, Dublin.
Scholars of the 1970s, as well as entries in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, volumes 153 and 240, and Contemporary Authors, wrongly date her birth as 1861.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
1891
KT published another volume of poetry, Ballads and Lyrics. This book (dedicated to Rosa Mulholland ) was widely considered to be her best work yet.
Tynan, Katharine. Ballads and Lyrics. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1891.
prelims
2 April 1931
KT died of cerebral thrombosis (a blood clot in a vessel leading to the brain) at her home in Wimbledon.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Biography

Birth and Family

23 January 1859
KT was born at South Richmond Street, South Circular Road, Dublin.
Scholars of the 1970s, as well as entries in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, volumes 153 and 240, and Contemporary Authors, wrongly date her birth as 1861.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.