Sean O'Faolain

Standard Name: O'Faolain, Sean
Birth Name: John Francis Whelan
Used Form: Seán Ò Faoláin
Used Form: Seán Proinsias Ò Faoláin


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Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Bowen
The young Irish writer Sean O'Faolain (whose work EB thought highly of) had a passionate affair with her. His daughter wrote that although he made fun of her appearance she was one of the three...
Family and Intimate relationships Julia O'Faolain
Sean O'Faolain , Julia's father (who began life with the anglicized name of John Whelan),
O’Faolain, Julia. Trespassers, A Memoir. Faber and Faber.
returned to Ireland the year after her birth from years wandering abroad, to lead the Life of a Man...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Bowen
Frequent guests at Bowen's Court (where, says Victoria Glendinning, they ate and drank royally)
Glendinning, Victoria. Elizabeth Bowen. Alfred A. Knopf.
included William Plomer , Sean O'Faolain , and Cyril Connolly . Virginia Woolf stayed there once; Iris Murdoch also...
Friends, Associates Julia O'Faolain
Living in different countries, JOF has moved in different literary circles, not all Irish or English. In Florence she and her husband were welcomed into the circle of the cosmopolitan writer Violet Trefusis at Villa...
Literary responses Muriel Spark
Penelope Gilliatt thought the evil in Seton had been to some extent absorbed by Bridges.
Stannard, Martin. Muriel Spark. The Biography. Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
Evelyn Waugh pronounced this the cleverest and most elegant of all Mrs Spark's clever and elegant books.
Spark, Muriel. Robinson. Penguin.
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Literary responses Ethel Wilson
The reviews in England were positive. Seán O'Faoláin wrote in the BBC journal the Listener that The Equations of Love exemplified how English ought to be written, and called EWone of the most charming...
Literary responses Elizabeth Bowen
Sean O'Faolain , who discovered this novel eight years after it was published, was captivated.
O’Faolain, Julia. Trespassers, A Memoir. Faber and Faber.
He called it a miracle, a beautifully written work of romantic genius composed realistically, worthy of Turgenev .
O’Faolain, Sean. Vive Moi!. Editor O’Faolain, Julia, Sinclair-Stevenson.
Literary responses Mary Lavin
This volume brought ML critical acclaim. R. J. Thompson read it as establishing her position as one of the most artful and perceptive masters of the story form in our day.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
In Ireland, wrote the...
Literary responses Iris Murdoch
Both Sean Lucy in the Irish Independent and Sean O'Faolain in the Irish Times praised the novel, though with some reservations.
Conradi, Peter J. Iris Murdoch. A Life. HarperCollins.
Literary responses Julia O'Faolain
The question that first grabbed the attention of reviewers was that of whether JOF could equal her famous father, or whether it was just his name that had made her noticed. Sally Beauman , reviewing...
Reception Teresa Deevy
An interview with Deevy, conducted during the dress rehearsal, likened her creative vanquishing of her disability to that of Beethoven .
The Teresa Deevy Archive.
The Irish Times reported that the play reflected an almost imperceptible change in...
Residence Julia O'Faolain
Just before the Second World War, JOF 's father decided to move his family from County Wicklow to Killiney, closer to Dublin, for the sake of her education and that of her brother, Stephen.
O’Faolain, Sean. Vive Moi!. Editor O’Faolain, Julia, Sinclair-Stevenson.
Textual Production Julia O'Faolain
Her father, Sean O'Faolain , had included in his Collected Stories, 1983, a piece whose title reproduces the Yeats phrase exactly: No Country for Old Men.
OCLC WorldCat. Accessed 1999.
JOF got the idea for this novel...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Julia O'Faolain
The anger of Irish writers, JOF argues, can be traced to the years of official censorship in Ireland (1929-67), as well as to the prudent self-censorship which followed. She recalls how in the 1940s a...


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O’Faolain, Julia, and Sean O’Faolain. “Afterword”. Vive Moi!, edited by Julia O’Faolain and Julia O’Faolain, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1993, p. vii - xvi.
O’Faolain, Sean. Constance Markievicz. Sphere, 1967.
O’Faolain, Sean. Vive Moi!. Editor O’Faolain, Julia, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1993.