Kate O’Brien , Irish Novelist and Dramatist

1897 Kate O’Brian, novelist and dramatist is born December 3rd in Limerick, Ireland
Kate O’Brien (3 December 1897 – 13 August 1974), was an Irish novelist and playwright. After the success of her play, Distinguished Villa in 1926, she took to full-time writing and was awarded the 1931 James Tait Black Prize for her novel Without My Cloak. She is best known for her 1934 novel The Ante-Room, her 1941 novel The Land of Spices and the 1946 novel That Lady. Many of her books dealt with issues of female sexuality — with several exploring gay/lesbian themes — and both Mary Lavelle and The Land of Spices were banned in Ireland. She also wrote travel books, or rather accounts of places and experiences, on both Ireland and Spain, a country she loved, and which features in a number of her novels. She lived much of her later life in England and died in Canterbury in 1974; she is buried in Faversham Cemetery. The Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick currently holds a large collection of O’Brien’s personal writings . In August 2005, Penguin reissued her final novel, As Music and Splendour (1958), which had been out of print for decades. The Kate O’Brien weekend, which takes place in Limerick, attracts a large number of people, both academic and non-academic.

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