House of Splendid Isolation

The heartbreaking dilemmas and the noble and bloody history of Ireland come vividly to life in the tale of Josie, a widow living in a solitary house outside an Irish village, whose home becomes the hideout of an IRA terrorist.

Author: Edna O'Brien

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374721503

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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House of Splendid Isolation is a newly reissued novel from Edna O’Brien, the author of Girl—“one of the most celebrated writers in the English language” (NPR’s Weekend Edition). The heartbreaking dilemmas and the noble and bloody history of Ireland come vividly to life in the tale of Josie, a widow living in a solitary house outside an Irish village, whose home becomes the hideout of an IRA terrorist.
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The House Of Splendid Isolation

'A writer at the height of her powers' Tatler 'A work of insight, sympathy and breath-holding suspense' Daily Mail 'O'Brien at her shrewd and lyrical best' Sunday Times 'So well written you won't be disappointed whatever you are looking for ...

Author: Edna O'Brien

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781780228044

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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'A powerful, complex fable, mysteriously conceived and deeply felt . . . Brilliant' Irish Times When Josie, confined to bed in her dilapidated country mansion, sees the door swing back and the hooded face appear, she knows who it is. Into her world comes McGreevy, bloody crusader for a united Ireland, who has chosen her house for sanctuary. Within the incarcerating walls of the house, an undercurrent of love develops between two people who think differently but feel the same. Destiny has flung them together and, as the police net closes in, fear dawns in Josie that McGreevy has used her house for more than refuge. And there may be no escape for either of them. 'A writer at the height of her powers' Tatler 'A work of insight, sympathy and breath-holding suspense' Daily Mail 'O'Brien at her shrewd and lyrical best' Sunday Times 'So well written you won't be disappointed whatever you are looking for' Literary Review 'A sharp and thoughtful depiction of the modern Irish question . . . poetically written' The Times
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House of Splendid Isolation

Bursting into Josie's world comes McGreevy, bloody crusader for a United Ireland, who has chosen her isolated house for sanctuary; and here within the incarcerating walls of the house an undercurrent of love develops between the two.

Author: Edna O'Brien

Publisher: G. K. Hall

ISBN: 0745177867

Category: Country homes

Page: 290

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Bursting into Josie's world comes McGreevy, bloody crusader for a United Ireland, who has chosen her isolated house for sanctuary; and here within the incarcerating walls of the house an undercurrent of love develops between the two.
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Edna O Brien

7 | Outside History : Relocation and Dislocation in Edna O'Brien's House of Splendid Isolation Michael Harris a 1 2 Edna O'Brien's is not name that one often hears in discussions of postmodernism . Nevertheless , her novel House of ...

Author: Kathryn Laing

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 1904505201

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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As part of Pegasos, Kuunsankosken Kaupunginkirjasto of Finland presents a biographical sketch about the Irish writer Edna O'Brien (1932- ). O'Brien has written plays, children's books, essays, screenplays, and nonfiction about Ireland. Some of O'Brien's works include "Country Girls" (1960), "The Love Object" (1968), "Night" (1972), "Mother Ireland" (1976), and "A Fanatic Heart" (1984).
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Death in the Margins

Author: Elexia Strickland

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:58806938

Category: Marginality, Social, in literature

Page: 166

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Wild Colonial Girl

Danine Farquharson and Bernice Schrank, the authors of “Blurring Boundaries, Intersecting Lives: History, Gender, and Violence in Edna O'Brien's House of Splendid Isolation,” discuss a more recent example of O'Brien's transgressive ...

Author: Lisa Colletta

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299216337

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

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Since the 1960 publication of her first novel, The Country Girls, award-winning Irish writer Edna O'Brien has been both celebrated and maligned. Praised for her lyrical prose and vivid female characters and attacked for her frank treatment of sexuality and alleged sensationalism, O'Brien and her work seem always to spawn controversy, including the past banning in Ireland of several of her works. O'Brien's attention to "women's" concerns such as sex, romance, marriage, and childbirth has often relegated her to critical neglect at best and, at worst, outright contempt. This essay collection promises to be a long overdue critical reevaluation and exciting rediscovery of her oeuvre. Wild Colonial Girl situates O'Brien in Irish contexts that allow for an appraisal of her significant contribution to a specifically Irish women's literary tradition while attesting to the potency of writing against patriarchal conventions. Each chapter's clear and detailed readings of O'Brien's fiction build a convincing case for her literary, political, and cultural importance, providing an invaluable critical guide for an enriched appreciation of O'Brien and her work.
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Fine Meshwork

Farquharson and Schrank, “Blurring Boundaries,” 117; O'Brien, “House of Splendid Isolation, Notebooks,” box 44, folder 9, O'Brien Papers, Emory; Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!, 182, 184; O'Brien, House of Splendid Isolation, 53. 32.

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815654674

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 199

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In a 1984 interview with longtime friend Edna O’Brien, Philip Roth describes her writing as "a piece of fine meshwork, a net of perfectly observed sensuous details that enables you to contain all the longing and pain and remorse that surge through the fiction." The phrase "fine meshwork" can apply not only to O’Brien’s writing but also to the connective threads that bind her work to others’, including, most illuminatingly, Roth’s. Since the publication of their first controversial novels in the 1950s and 1960s, Roth and O’Brien have always argued against the isolation of mind from body, autobiography from fiction, life from art, and self from nation. In Fine Meshwork, Dan O’Brien investigates the shared concerns of these two authors, now regarded as literary icons in their home countries. He traces their fifty-year literary friendship and the striking parallels in their books and reception, bringing together what, at first glance, seem to be quite disparate milieus: the largely feminist and Irish scholarship on O’Brien with Jewish and American perspectives on Roth. In doing so, and in considering them in a transnational context, he argues that the intertwined nature of their writing symbolizes the far-ranging symbiosis between Irish literature and its American—particularly Jewish American—counterpart.
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Conversations with Edna O Brien

House of Splendid Isolation wins the European Prize for Literature from the European Association for the Arts. Ireland sees a boom in the economy known as the Celtic Tiger. Publication of Down by the River (novel), based on the Miss X ...

Author: Alice Hughes Kersnowski

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617038723

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 104

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"Who's Afraid of Edna O'Brien?" asks an early interviewer in Conversations with Edna O'Brien. With over fifty years of published novels, biographies, plays, telecasts, short stories, and more, it is hard not to be intimidated by her. An acclaimed and controversial Irish writer, O'Brien (b. 1932) saw her early works, starting in 1960 with The Country Girls, banned and burned in Ireland, but often read in secret. Her contemporary work continues to spark debates on the rigors and challenges of Catholic conservatism and the struggle for women to make a place for themselves in the world without anxiety and guilt. The raw nerve of emotion at the heart of her lyrical prose provokes readers, challenges politicians, and proves difficult for critics to place her. In these interviews, O'Brien finds her own critical voice and moves interviewers away from a focus on her life as the "once infamous Edna" toward a focus on her works. Parallels between Edna O'Brien and her literary muse and mentor, James Joyce, are often cited in interviews such as Phillip Roth's description of The Country Girls as "rural Dubliners." While Joyce is the centerpiece of O'Brien's literary pantheon, allusions to writers such as Shakespeare, Chekhov, Beckett, and Woolf become a medium for her critical voice. Conversations with contemporary writers Phillip Roth and Glenn Patterson reveal Edna O'Brien's sense of herself as a contemporary writer. The final interview included here, with BBC personality William Crawley at Queen's University, Belfast, is a synthesis of her acceptance and fame as an Irish writer and an Irish woman and an affirmation of her literary authority.
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