Patricia Boylan

Life
?1910-: [née Clancy]; b. Northern Ireland c.1910; worked as an actress and journalist; m. Harry Boylan, c.1941; author of All the Cultivated People: The Dublin Arts Club (1988), and So Far, So Good (2003), and autobiography, and Gaps of Brightness: A Memoir (2003), a memoir.

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Works
All the Cultivated People: A History of the Dublin Arts Club (Gerrard Cross: Colin Smythe) [infra]; So Far, So Good (Dublin: A. & A. Farmar 2003), 250pp.; Gaps of Brightness: A Memoir (Dublin: A. & A. Farmar 2003), 186pp.

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Quotation
All Cultivated People: A History of the United Arts Club, Dublin (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1988), [?Chap. XIII], of Susan Mitchell and others: ‘All these diverse person were to be found in Dublin, for the most part hating each other like poison [...] In Ireland humanity develops in its natural forms, it is like virgin forest, untamed, untrained, uncivilised, there has been no settled social order to constrain its growth. The difference between society in England and Ireland seems to me to be as the difference betweeen wild forest and forest scientifically planted by the state forester. The English novelists since Dickens have had to grub very far beneath the surface.’ (p.99.) For further quotations, see under George Russell, Dermot O'Brien, et al., infra.

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Notes
Kith & Kin: Anna, a daughter of Patricia and Harry, is married to Anthony Farmar and co-publishes with him (A. & A. Farmar); another dg. died tragically of leukemia and is the subject of a moving memoir by Anna.

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