Seán Ó Faoláin

Born in Cork, he studied at UCC and at Harvard University. He taught in the US during the 1930s. He was active politically and fought with the Republicans in the Irish Civil War. He edited The Bell from 1940-46. As well as novels and short stories, he wrote biographies, criticism and travel books. His main novels are A Nest of Simple Folk (1934); Bird Alone (1936); Come back to Erin (1940), and And Again (1979). Among his short story collections are Midsummer Night Madness (1932); A Purse of Coppers (1937); The Finest Stories of Seán Ó Faoláin (1958); The Heat of the Sun (1966); Foreign Affairs (1976); and Collected Stories (1980, 81, 82). His biographies are Constance Markiewicz (1943); King of the Beggars (Daniel O’Connell) (1938); De Valera (1939); and The Great O’Neill (1942). His autobiography, Vive Moi!, was published in 1964.

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