Lavin, Mary, 1912-1996

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Irish author, farmer, and teacher; b. in the U.S.; d. 1996.

From the description of Mary Lavin collection, 1935-1976. (Boston University). WorldCat record id: 70968403

Mary Lavin, author of exquisitely told short stories, was born in East Walpole, Massachusetts on June 11, 1912. When she was ten, her parents moved to Ireland. She was educated at Loreto Convent, Stephen's Green, Dublin, and the National University of Ireland at Dublin, where her M.A. thesis on Jane Austen won her first class honors. Her first story, "Miss Holland" was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In September 1942 she married William Walsh, a lawyer, who later entered politics. They had three children. Following her husband's premature death, Ms. Lavin devoted her energies to running the farm, rearing her children, writing on the kitchen table in the evening. Her stories have been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Bazaar, The New Yorker, and other fine magazines, as well as in collected volumes. She is also the author of two novels: The House in Clew Street and Mary O'Grady.

From the description of Mary Lavin papers, 1953-1964. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 180942980

Irish writer Mary Lavin (1912–1996) is known for her short stories and novels. She spent the first ten years of her life in her birthplace, the United States of America, and was thereafter raised in Ireland.

Literature Online. "Lavin, Mary, 1912– ." (accessed March 22, 2007).

From the guide to the Mary Lavin letter to "Charlotte", 1968 September 11, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn O'Neill, Michael J., 1913-. Michael O'Neill papers, 1949-1966. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Robert Manning papers, 1938-1993. Houghton Library
referencedIn Stanford, Donald E. (Donald Elwin), 1913-1998. Donald E. Stanford papers, 1933-1985. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence, 1881-1981 (inclusive), 1940-1979 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Lavin, Mary, 1912-1996. Mary Lavin papers, 1953-1964. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Sweeney, Francis W., 1916-. Humanities Series : director's records, 1945-2000 (bulk 1957-1998). Boston College. John J. Burns Library
referencedIn Louis Untermeyer collection of papers, 1913-1975 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Horace Mason Reynolds papers, 1895-1965. Houghton Library
referencedIn Envoy (Dublin). Envoy, A Review of Literature and Art records, 1949-1951. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Clarke, Austin, 1896-1974. Arena editorial office files, 1960-1965. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, UWM Libraries
creatorOf Mary Lavin letter to "Charlotte", 1968 September 11 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Lavin, Mary, 1912-1996. Mary Lavin collection, 1935-1976. Boston University. School of Medicine
creatorOf Lavin, Mary, 1912-1996. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1950-1959. University of Pennsylvania Library
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correspondedWith Dunsany, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Baron, 1878-1957 person
correspondedWith Envoy (Dublin) corporateBody
correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Manning, Robert, 1919- person
correspondedWith O'Neill, Michael J., 1913- person
correspondedWith Reynolds, Horace Mason, 1896-1965 person
associatedWith Stanford, Donald E. (Donald Elwin), 1913-1998. person
associatedWith Sweeney, Francis W., 1916- person
associatedWith Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977 person
correspondedWith Val Baker, Denys, 1917- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Irish literature--Women authors
Irish literature--20th century
Literature, Modern--20th century
Short stories
Authors, Irish--20th century--Correspondence
Women authors, Irish


Birth 1912-06-10

Death 1996-03-25

Irish (Republic of Ireland)




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