Edna O’Brien is the internationally acclaimed author of more than thirty books, including Wild Decembers, Down by the River, In the Forest, House of Splendid Isolation, Time and Tide, and Lantern Slides. Among her many awards are the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Kingsley Amis Award, the European Literature Prize. She is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
1932: Born in Tuamgraney, Co. Clare.
1941: Attends Convent of Mercy in Loughrea, Co. Galway.
1950: Graduates from Pharmaceutical College of Dublin.
1952: Moves to London.
1960: The Country Girls, wins Kingsley Amis Award and is banned in Ireland.
1962: The Lonely Girl, reprinted as The Girl with the Green Eyes, 1964, filmed as Girl with the Green Eyes, 1963), banned in Ireland.
1964: Girls in their Married Bliss, banned in Ireland.
1965: August Is a Wicked Month.
1966: Casualties of Peace
1968: The Love Object, short stories.
1970: A Pagan Place
1971: Zee & Co.
1972: Night: A Novel
1973: A Pagan Place: A Play
1974: A Scandalous Woman: Stories
1976: Mother Ireland, a travelogue.
1977: Johnny I Hardly Knew You; Arabian Days, photographs by Gerard Klijn
1978: Mrs Reinhardt and Other Stories
1979: Some Irish Loving: A Selection, anthology
1981: Virginia: a Play; James and Nora: A Portrait of Joyce’s Marriage; The Dazzle, illustrated by Peter Stevenson.
1982: Returning: a Collection of Tales. A Christmas Treat, illustrated by Peter Stevenson
1983: The Rescue, illustrated by Peter Stevenson.
1984: A Fanatic Heart: Selected Stories of Edna O’Brien
1986: Vanishing Ireland; Tales for the Telling: Irish Folk and Fairy Stories, a children’s book.
1988: The High Road
1989: On the Bone, a poem
1990: Lantern Slides: Stories
1992: Time and Tide
1994: House of Splendid Isolation.
1995: Awarded European Literature Prize for life’s work.
1996: Down by the River. Becomes member of Aosdána.
1999: Wild Decembers; James Joyce. Awarded doctorate by Queen’s University, Belfast.