O'BRIEN, EDNA.
Edna O'Brien papers, circa 1939-2000

Emory University

Robert W. Woodruff Library

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8zqbr

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: O'Brien, Edna.
Title: Edna O'Brien papers, circa 1939-2000
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 855
Extent: 46.75 linear ft. (95 boxes), 22 oversized papers (OP), and AV Masters: .75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:Literary and personal papers of Irish author Edna O'Brien from circa 1939-2000.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on access

Special restrictions apply: Subseries 1.5, entire subseries is closed to researchers, including letters from Marie Heaney.

Special restrictions: Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Series 2, Journals, are closed to researchers and Series 5, Subject files, contains some material which is closed to researchers.

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Purchase, 2000.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Edna O'Brien papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Katie Long, July 2003.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Edna O'Brien, novelist, short story writer, playwright, and screenwriter, was born December 15, 1932, in Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland. Educated first at the local national school and then in a convent, she escaped rural life by attending Pharmaceutical College in Dublin. In 1952, she eloped with Czech-Irish author Ernest Gébler. They moved first to County Wicklow, and then to London, where O'Brien has remained. They divorced after twelve years of marriage, and she raised their two sons alone.

Edna O'Brien, novelist, short story writer, playwright, and screenwriter, was born December 15, 1932, in Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland. Educated first at the local national school and then in a convent, she escaped rural life by attending Pharmaceutical College in Dublin. In 1952, she eloped with Czech-Irish author Ernest Gébler. They moved first to County Wicklow, and then to London, where O'Brien has remained. They divorced after twelve years of marriage, and she raised their two sons alone.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the literary and personal papers of Irish born author Edna O'Brien from 1939-2000. The bulk of the collection consists of drafts of O'Brien's writings including drafts of her novels, poetry, and short stories. Also present are extensive files of personal and literary correspondence including letters from Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, John Osborne, Woody Allen, Robert Graves, Ted Hughes, Saul Bellow, Jacqueline Onassis, Quentin Bell, Sir Ian McKellen, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, and John Major. The collection also includes writings by others (including Harold Pinter), subject files, collected printed material either by or about O'Brien, audiovisual material, and ephemera.

Arrangement Note

Organized into nine series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Journals, (3) Writings by O’Brien, (4) Writings by others, (5) Subject files, (6) Printed material, (7) Audiovisual material, (8) Ephemera, and (9) Collected material.


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