A Look at Edna O’Brien, a True Irish Storyteller

When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious. —Edna O’Brien

Edna O'Brien

We’re delighted to feature these stunning photographs of award-winning author Edna O’Brien and her native Ireland. “O’Brien is a storyteller, an Irish storyteller, one of an ancient tradition of storytellers, people who tell the truth,” says the Los Angeles Times Book Review.

O’Brien has been hailed as one of the greatest chroniclers of the female experience in the twentieth century. Her 1960 debut novel, The Country Girl, was banned in Ireland for its groundbreaking depictions of female sexuality. She is the 2011 recipient of the Frank O’Connor Prize, awarded for her short story collection Saints and Sinners. She has also received, among other honors, the Irish PEN Award for Literature, the Ulysses Medal from University College Dublin, and a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Literary Academy.