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O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991



Seán O'Faoláin was born John Whelan on February 22, 1900, in Cork, Ireland; he changed his name to its Gaelic variant in 1916. He received his education at National University of Ireland and Harvard University. He fought in the Irish Revolution, 1918 - 1921; lectured at Harvard University and Boston College in 1929 and St. Mary’s College, 1929 - 1933. He became a full-time author in 1932 after he won the Femina Prize nomination for Midsummer Night Madness and Other Stories. He has written many short stories, biographies, travel books, essays, and critical studies, but only three novels.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Harvey Breit Correspondence

Identifier: MS1

Harvey Breit, poet, playwright, and interviewer, was a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review from 1940-1965. This collection consists of more than 225 pages of correspondence sent to Breit during this period by more than fifty authors and public figures.

Dates: 1940 - 1965; Other: Majority of material found within 1945 - 1955

Jean H. Hagstrum (1913-1995) Papers

Identifier: 11/3/11/7

Jean Howard Hagstrum taught English Literature at Northwestern University from 1940 until his retirement in 1981. His extensive papers document his educational, teaching, administrative, and scholarly career.

Dates: 1921-1995

Seán O'Faoláin Collection

Identifier: MS96
Abstract Seán O'Faoláin (1900-1991), born John Whelan, won the Femina Prize nomination for Midsummer Night Madness and Other Stories in 1932. His greatest acclaim was as a short story writer and his corpus includes more than a hundred stories, many of which contain accounts of the impact of political turmoil in Ireland. The Seán O'Faoláin Collection includes a manuscript copy of “The Death of Stevey Long.” The manuscript is accompanied by a brief history of the text by O'Faoláin himself and...
Dates: 1930 - 1959; Other: Majority of material found within 1955 - 1959; Other: Date acquired: 03/08/1958