Edna O’Brien

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Edna O’Brien is an Irish author, regarded as one of the most influential women writers of her generation. She has written novels, memoirs, plays, poetry, and short stories, and her work explores women’s lives, their often repressive upbringing, and their unsuccessful relationships with men, forthrightly and with candour. O’Brien’s first novel, The Country Girls, is the first volume of the homonymous trilogy (1960-1964), which was met with a ban by the Irish censorship board for its sexually explicit content.

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    A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man

    By James Joyce

    Recommended by: Edna O’Brien
    Publish Date: 1916
    A fictionalised self-portrait of Joyce himself, the novel narrates Stephen Dedalus’s life from his childhood in Dublin through his search for identity and emancipation from family, religion, and country. A seminal work of modernist fiction, A Portrait of the Artist…
  • Ariel

    By Sylvia Plath

    Recommended by: Edna O’Brien
    Publish Date: 1965
    A collection of Sylvia Plath’s later poems, written between 1960 and 1963, Ariel was published posthumously in London. The book features some of her most celebrated poems, including ‘Daddy’ and ‘Lady Lazarus’.
  • Heart Of Darkness

    By Joseph Conrad

    Recommended by: Edna O’Brien
    Publish Date: 1899
    Drawing from Conrad’s own experience in the Congo, this powerful and enigmatic novella tells the story of Charlie Marlow, captain of a river steamer setting out for the heart of the African continent in search of the mysterious Kurtz, an…
  • The Rings Of Saturn

    By W. G. Sebald

    Recommended by: Edna O’Brien
    Publish Date: 1995
    An account of the author’s journey on foot across coastal East Anglia, the book turns into a series of meditations on people, cultures, and nature prompted by elements of the journey itself which illustrates the transient status of humans on…
  • The Sea Around Us

    By Rachel Carson

    Recommended by: Edna O’Brien
    Publish Date: 1952 Awards: 1952 National Book Award for non-fiction 1952 John Burroughs Medal
    In this influential book, Rachel Carson uses accurate data collected from her years researching the formation of the oceans and how they shaped life on Earth, as well as from submarine war-fare of World War II, to tell a poetic…