O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991

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Seán O'Faoláin was born John Whelan in County Cork, Ireland; he came from a loyalist family, and initally opposed the Easter Rebellion of 1916, but the excessive force used by the British to suppress the rebellion inspired his sense of Irish nationalism. He took Gaelic lessons and earned a scholarship to University College, Cork, changing his name to the Gaelic form. He studied and worked in America for several years, but was drawn back to Ireland, where he resolved to become a writer. Diverse and prolific, he wrote novels, criticism, essays, biographies, and other non-fiction, but is best remembered for his short stories, distinguished by their irony and craftsmanship. Although he had a realistic and sometimes critical view of Ireland, he remained there, encouraging young writers and serving as a sort of benevolent (but grouchy) uncle.

From the description of Seán O'Faoláin letter to Jon Carroll and typescript foreword, 1946-1964. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 69937543

Irish author and novelist.

O'Faoláin was born in Cork. He attended University College-Cork, and became involved in the Irish Republican Army (1917). He worked as a traveling book salesman but in 1922 he returned to the IRA and worked in a bomb-making shop. Disaffection with the republican cause, O'Faoláin went back to school receiving an M.A. in English and a second M.A. in Irish. In 1926 he set out for Harvard University to study philology under George Lyman Kitteredge, and met and married Eileen Gould (1927). In 1933 he, Eileen and their baby daughter, Julia returned to Ireland and he began his freelance writing career. It is during this time that he established The bell, one of Ireland's finest literary magazines. He encouraged many young Irish writers, including Brendan Behan, James Plunkett, and Bryan MacMahon. He died after a brief illness in Dublin in 1991.

From the description of Seán O'Faoláin papers, 1926-1969, undated. (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 33140919

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creatorOf O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991. Seán O'Faoláin papers : Vive Moi revision, 1983-1986. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Leonard, Hugh. The Sinners, Television play, 1970. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991. Seán O'Faoláin letter to Jon Carroll and typescript foreword, 1946-1964. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991. Seán O'Faoláin papers, [ca. 1932-1970]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991. Sean O'Faolain letters to Neil Middleton, and related material : Dublin, 1980-1982. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991. Seán O'Faoláin papers, 1926-1969, undated. Boston College, Thomas P. O'Neill Library
creatorOf O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991. Letter, 1945, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Walsh, Joseph Cyrillus, 1870-1955. Joseph Cyrillus Walsh papers, 1913-1947. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Joyce, James, 1882-1941. James Joyce correspondence, 1921-1940. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
creatorOf Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941. Papers of the Virginia quarterly review [manuscript] 1925-1942. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991. Christmas card to John and Mary [Marshall] : Richmond, Surrey : DS. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991. Sean O'Faolain letters : to Joseph S. Rippier : TLS and ALS, 1970-1975. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Lucy, Seán. Seán Lucy correspondence, 1969-1987. Boston College, Thomas P. O'Neill Library
creatorOf Sweeney, Francis W., 1916-. Humanities Series : director's records, 1945-2000 (bulk 1957-1998). Boston College, Thomas P. O'Neill Library
referencedIn Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977. Papers of James M. Cain, 1901-1978 (bulk 1925-1978). Library of Congress
referencedIn O'Reilly, John P. John P. O'Reilly incoming correspondence, 1944-1974. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Russell, George William, 1867-1935. George William Russell Collection, [1913?]-1935. Boston College, Thomas P. O'Neill Library
referencedIn Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939. Letter 15 August 42, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, to Sean O'Faolain. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
referencedIn Irish manuscripts collection, 1629-1949. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Ackerley, J. R. (Joe Randolph), 1896-1967. Collection, 1924-1983. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Miles, Josephine, 1911-. Papers, 1957-1968. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn Mary Katharine Woodworth papers, 1787-1989 Bryn Mawr College
creatorOf Hoult, Norah, 1901-1984. Norah Hoult Correspondence, 1934-1954. Boston College, Thomas P. O'Neill Library
referencedIn Joyce, James, 1882-1941. Letter, 1936 July 7. Paris, France, to Sean O'Faolain, Co. Wicklow, Irelande. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
referencedIn O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991. Seán O'Faoláin papers, 1926-1969, undated. Boston College, Thomas P. O'Neill Library
referencedIn Hughes, Herbert, 1882-1937. Guestbook 1924-1970. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
referencedIn James M. Cain Papers, 1901-1978, (bulk 1925-1978) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
creatorOf Arnold, Sidney,. Correspondence pertaining to the Rushton Seminar [manuscript], 1953-1954. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Huebsch, B. W. (Benjamin W.), 1876-1964. B. W. Huebsch records, 1909-1963. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991. Sean O'Faolain letters to James D. Hart, 1972-1987. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Hagstrum, Jean H., 1913-1995. Jean Hagstrum Papers, 1921-1995. Northwestern University
referencedIn Hench, Atcheson Laughlin, 1891-1974. Papers regarding Padraic Colum's visit to the University of Virginia [manuscript] 1954. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Ackerley, J. R. (Joe Randolph), 1896-1967. person
correspondedWith Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977. person
associatedWith Carroll, Jon, person
associatedWith Connolly, Brendan C. 1913- person
associatedWith Fetridge, Robert. person
associatedWith Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937. person
associatedWith Hagstrum, Jean H., 1913-1995 person
associatedWith Hart, James D. (James David), 1911-1990. person
associatedWith Hench, Atcheson Laughlin, 1891-1974. person
associatedWith Hoult, Norah, 1901-1984. person
associatedWith Huebsch, B. W. (Benjamin W.), 1876-1964. person
associatedWith Hughes, Herbert, 1882-1937. person
associatedWith Joyce, James, 1882-1941. person
associatedWith Leonard, Hugh. person
associatedWith Lucy, Seán. person
correspondedWith Miles, Josephine, 1911- person
associatedWith O'Faolain, Julia person
associatedWith O'Faolain, Seán, 1900-1991. person
associatedWith O'Faolian, Sean, 1900- person
associatedWith O'Reilly, John P. person
associatedWith Powers, J. F. (James Farl), 1917-1999. person
associatedWith Rippier, Joseph Storey. person
associatedWith Russell, George William, 1867-1935. person
associatedWith Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. person
associatedWith Sweeney, Francis W., 1916- person
associatedWith Trollope, Anthony, 1815-1882. person
associatedWith Walsh, Joseph Cyrillus, 1870-1955. person
associatedWith Woodworth, Elizabeth person
associatedWith Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939. person
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Authors, Irish--20th century--Manuscripts
Authors, Irish--20th century
Authors, Irish--20th century--Correspondence
Poets, Irish--20th century--Correspondence
Authors, Irish--20th century--Biography
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Birth 1900-02-22

Death 1991-04-20

Irish (Republic of Ireland)

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