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Series 1
Correspondence, 1939-2000
Boxes 1-18

Scope and Content Note

The correspondence series in the Edna O'Brien papers includes letters dating from ca. 1939-2000. The five subseries are categories created by O'Brien, which have been organized chronologically. Alphabetical correspondence includes correspondents: 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, and Tony Blair, as well as numerous editors, publishers and press agents. Family correspondents, Subseries 1.2, include O'Brien's parents, Michael and Helena O'Brien (Cleary), her ex-husband, Ernest Gebler, and her sons, Carlos and Sasha Gebler. Subseries 1.3, Personal correspondence, includes general correspondence from friends and colleagues. O'Brien's fan correspondence, Subseries 1.4, contains letters of thanks and criticism from readers of her work. Subseries 1.5 contains the Restricted correspondence of Marie Heaney, John Fortune, David Owen, Peter Reed, and Goran Palin.

Arrangement Note

Organized into five subseries: (1.1) Alphabetical correspondence, (1.2) Family correspondence, (1.3) Personal correspondence, (1.4) Fan correspondence, and (1.5) Restricted correspondence.

Restrictions on access

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

Scope and Content Note The correspondence series in the Edna O'Brien papers includes letters dating from ca. 1939-2000. The five subseries are categories created by O'Brien, which have been organized chronologically. Alphabetical correspondence includes correspondents: 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, and Tony Blair, as well as numerous editors, publishers and press agents. Family correspondents, Subseries 1.2, include O'Brien's parents, Michael and Helena O'Brien (Cleary), her ex-husband, Ernest Gebler, and her sons, Carlos and Sasha Gebler. Subseries 1.3, Personal correspondence, includes general correspondence from friends and colleagues. O'Brien's fan correspondence, Subseries 1.4, contains letters of thanks and criticism from readers of her work. Subseries 1.5 contains the Restricted correspondence of Marie Heaney, John Fortune, David Owen, Peter Reed, and Goran Palin.

Description of Subseries

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