"Frank O'Connor's early life of Michael O'Donovan belongs with the best of its kind. It is that of a man who has made his life important to others simply because he has written about it with art."—Times Literary Supplement
The story of Frank O’Connor is that of a shy child from a Cork slum who becomes aware that there is something beyond the confines of his life and the lives around him, something grander. And with resolve and labor, he makes his way toward it. From his childhood to the time of his release from imprisonment as a revolutionary, O ‘Connor conveys the moral fortune and the tragic elements of life, that sparked his storytelling—a life he describes as a “celebration of those who for me represented all I should ever know of God.”
Frank O'Connor is a major figure among Irish writers. His work includes six volumes of short stories; two books of criticism; a novel, Dutch Interior; and a book of poetry, Kings, Lords, and Commons. Also available from Syracuse University Press are Frank O'Connor at Work and A Frank O'Connor Reader.