Seán Ó Faoláin


Seán Ó Faoláin

Seán Proinsias Ó Faoláin (22 February 1900 – 20 April 1991) was an Irish short story writer. He was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1986.

Born as John Francis Whelan in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland, Sean Ó Faoláin wrote his first stories in the 1920s. Through 90 stories, written over a period of 60 years, Ó Faoláin charts the development of modern Ireland. His "Collected Stories" were published in 1983, eight years before his death on 20 April 1991, in Dublin.

Ó Faoláin was educated at the Presentation Brothers Secondary School in Cork. He fought in the War of Independence. He received M.A. degrees from the National University of Ireland and from Harvard University, was a Commonwealth Fellow from 1926 to 1928 and a Harvard Fellow from 1928 to 1929.

He served as director of the Arts Council of Ireland from 1957 to 1959, and from 1940 to 1946 he was a founder member and editor of the Irish literary periodical "The Bell". The list of contributors to "The Bell" included many of Ireland's foremost writers, among them Patrick Kavanagh, Flann O'Brien, Frank O'Connor and Brendan Behan.

Family Life

Ó Faoláin married Eileen Gould, a children's writer, in 1929. Their daughter Julia O'Faolain (b. 1932) is a Booker-nominated novelist and short-story writer. Their son Stephen was born in 1938.

Books

* "Midsummer Night Madness and Other Stories" (1932, short stories)
* "A Nest of Simple Folk" (1933, novel)
* "Bird Alone" (1936, novel)
* "A Life of Daniel O'Connell" (1938, biography)
* "An Irish Journey" (1940)
* "Come Back to Erin" (1940, novel)
* "The Great O'Neill" (1942, biography, of Hugh O'Neill)
* "The Irish: A Character Study" (1947)
* "The Man Who Invented Sin" (1948, short stories)
* "The Short Story" (1948, literary criticism)
* "Newman's Way: The Odyssey of John Henry Newman" (1952)
* "An Autumn in Italy" (1953, travel)
* "Vive moi!" (1964, memoir)
* "The Heat of the Sun, Stories and Tales" (1966, short stories)
* "The Talking Trees" (1971, short stories)
* "Foreign Affairs, and Other Stories" (1976, short stories)
* "Selected Stories" (1978, short stories)
* "And Again?" (1979, novel)
* "Collected Stories of Sean O'Faolain I" (1980, short stories)

Resources

* [http://irishliterature.library.emory.edu/section-content-ofaolain_d26e1 Register of the Seán O'Faoláin papers, 1926-1969]


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