Kate O'Brien was an Irish writer who was born in 1897. She was born into an bourgeoisie Catholic family in Limerick, though she was well-traveled by the end of her life in 1974. Most of her writing was banned in Ireland under the Censorship Act, and she was unique in her time for writing sex and sexuality into domestic romance novels.
Today, Irish newspapers and authors are protected under Article 10 of the ECHR, and the rise of social media, combined with the decline of the power of the Catholic Church, allows the Irish public to freely talk on a variety of uncomfortable subjects. However, as recently as fifty years ago, it was very different.
Of the many Irish writers that emerged over the course of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Bowen is one of the most well-known. Keenly aware of her position as being part of the last generations of Anglo-Irish Protestants, and one of the most prominent female writers in Ireland, her awareness of the world changing around her … Continue reading Elizabeth Bowen