Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Keane, Molly
Birth Name: Mary Nesta Skrine
Married Name: Molly Keane
Pseudonym: M. J. Farrell
Nickname: Molly Keane
had two distinct phases in her writing career. Between 1926 and 1961 she wrote, under the pseudonym M. J. Farrell, eleven novels and four plays. After almost twenty years of silence, she published further novels and other works under her own name. MK
was primarily a satirist, and her ongoing target was the privileged Anglo-Irish world in which she grew up. She has been compared to Elizabeth Bowen
, Maria Edgeworth
, and Jonathan Swift
Breen, Mary. “Piggies and Spoilers of Girls: The Representation of Sexuality in the Novels of Molly Keane”. Sex, Nation and Dissent in Irish Writing, St Martin’s Press, 1997, pp. 202 - 20.
observed that EB
, elegant as she was in style, was highly sexed and attractive to men. She bore about her the aroma of passionate experiences.Molly Keane
wrote that at parties all...
loved Oxford (where she and her husband spent ten years) and became a social success there. She met and became friends with John
and Susan Buchan
, and it was through them that she...
Theatre World found this immeasurably Dodie Smith's best play, expressing admiration for her vivid sense of character and situation.
“Review of Dodie Smith’ Dear Octopus”. Theatre World.
wrote a flattering review that even compared some of her characters to...
Performance of text
's single play, Castle Anna (written in collaboration with John Perry
, who was also at this time writing plays with Molly Keane
), was performed in London.
Glendinning, Victoria. Elizabeth Bowen. Alfred A. Knopf, 1978.
's style consists largely of enumeration. The family members are always named by their relation to the narrator—my father, Aunt Lavinia—even while they are children. Lists abound. Accretion of detail is...
Part two, introduced by some comment on the nature of the relationship between writer and publisher, provides sketches and stories of many of the authors whom DA
worked with. Though she does not belabour the...
In 1963 she spent from January to September in London, Edinburgh, Paris, and Cork in Ireland. Back in Ireland in the early 1970s, she rented Molly Keane
's house, Dysert at Ardmore in Waterford.
Stannard, Martin. Muriel Spark. The Biography. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2009.