Denis Johnston

Born in Dublin, Denis Johnston was educated at St. Andrew’s College, Dublin; Mershiston College, Edinburgh; Christ’s College, Cambridge and at Harvard University.

A barrister, broadcaster, playwright and academic, he was called to both the Irish and English bars. His main plays were The Old Lady Says ‘No’ (1929); The Moon in the Yellow River (1931); The Bride for the Unicorn (1933); Storm Song (1934); The Golden Cuckoo (1939); The Dreaming Dust (1940); Strange Occurrence on Ireland’s Eye (1956), and The Scythe and the Sunset (1958).

He wrote two autobiographies, Nine Rivers from Jordan (1953) and The Brazen Horn (1968 & 1976). His autobiography, In Search of Swift, was published in 1959. He is buried close to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.

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