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Edna O'Brien (born 15 December 1930) is an Irish novelist and short-story writer whose works often revolve around the inner feelings of women, and their problems in relating to men, and to society as a whole. more »

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  • ''In every question and every remark tossed back and forth between lovers who have not played out the last fugue, there is one question and it is this: "Is there someone new?"''
    Edna O'Brien (b. 1936), Irish author. "Long Distance," Lantern Slides (1990).
  • I had got away. That was my victory. The real quarrel with Ireland began to burgeon in me then; I thought of how it had warped me, and those around me, and their parents before them, all stooped by a ...
    Edna O'Brien (b. c. 1932), Irish author; relocated to England. Mother Ireland, ch. 7 (1976).
  • ''Countries are either mothers or fathers, and engender the emotional bristle secretly reserved for either sire.''
    Edna O'Brien (b. c. 1932), Irish author; relocated to England. Mother Ireland, ch. 1 (1976).
  • Irish? In truth I would not want to be anything else. It is a state of mind as well as an actual country. It is being at odds with other nationalities, having quite different philosophy about pleasure...
    Edna O'Brien (b. c. 1932), Irish author; relocated to England. Mother Ireland, ch. 7 (1976).
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