Liam O’Flaherty

Born at Gort na gCapall, Inishmór in the Aran Islands, he was educated at Rockwell College, Blackrock College, and at UCD. He joined the Irish Guards in 1915; however, he was discharged from the army in 1917 due to being shell-shocked. Following travels around the world, he returned to the Aran Islands and began to write. Best remembered for his short stories, he is regarded as one of the great storytellers of the last century. His first novel was published in 1923. His main novels are The Black Soul (1924); The Informer (1925); The Assassin (1928); Skerret (1932); Shame the Devil (1934), and Famine (1937). His short story collections include The Short Stories of Liam O’Flaherty (1937); Dúil (1953)The Pedlar’s Revenge and Other Stories (1976).

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