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Ethel Mannin

(1900—1984) writer


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(1900–1984), novelist. Born in London of Irish parents, she lived in Connemara for many years. Her earliest novels explored the lives of working-class women. Later she focused on anarchism and pacifism, basing Red Rose (1942) on the life of Emma Goldmann the Russian anarchist, while The Blossoming Bough (1943) takes its central character from Ireland to the Spanish Civil War via an affair in Paris and brings him patriotically home to Ireland and to his beloved actress-cousin Katherine O'Donal. In Late Have I Loved Thee (1948), a best-seller in Ireland, an Englishman converts to Catholicism following the death of his sister in a Continental climbing accident, and finally joins the Jesuits. After the death of her second husband in 1958 Mannin visited many countries, producing a travel or children's book during each trip. She wrote seven autobiographies between Confessions and Impressions (1930) and Young in the Twenties (1971), revealing her hatred of hypocrisy and her gradual withdrawal from socialism. She was instrumental in securing Francis Stuart's release from custody after the war, and was a close friend of Yeats's in his latter years. In 1954 she issued Two Studies in Integrity on the Irish writers Gerald Griffin and Francis Mahony.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

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