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Hibernia: Emory Acquires Edna O’Brien Archive

By Irish America Staff
August / September 2000

The Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia has acquired the archive of the Irish novelist and short story writer Edna O’Brien. O’Brien is the author of more than a dozen acclaimed novels including her groundbreaking work in 1960, The Country Girls. Recent titles include House of Splendid Isolation, Down by the River, and most recently Wild Septembers. She has also written numerous short stories, screenplays, plays, and a biography of James Joyce, with whom she shares the dubious honor of being the most well-known banned Irish writers. Aside from the controversy her writing has stirred, she has received numerous awards and has a wide following. ♦

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