Louise M. Stacpoole Kenny

Life
?1885-1933; b. Co. Clare, d. Bray; dg. J. K. Dunne, lived in Limerick; popular novelist before World War One with Carrow of Carrowduff (1911), and Our Own Country (1913); DIW IF

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References
REF Ireland in Fiction, ed. Stephen Brown (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), lists Jacquetta (London: Washbourne; NY: Benziger 1910); Love is Life (London: Greening 1910); Carrow of Carrowduff (Greening 1911); The King’s Kiss (Digby, Long 1912); Our Own Country (Dublin: Duffy 1913), sequel to Carrowduff; Daffodil’s Love Affairs (Holden & Hardingham 1913) [gentlefolk, Carlingford and London]; Mary, A Roamnce of the West Country (London: Washbourne 1915). In Carrowduff, set in Co. Clare (‘west county’), the son of unpopular landlord goes to wake, is wounded, nursed by young nun, hero proposes - she has loved him all along - married by death-bead of his father, a victim of the Land League. In Our Own Country, an English gentleman is converted to Catholicism and marries Mrs. Monsel, a widow and mother in law of Cesare Carrow (hero of above). The King’s Ass and Love is Life, also sequenced, are set in the court of Louis XIV, where Iseult Dymphna Macnamara falls in love with the son of Patrick Sarsfield. Romantic involvement with Louis reveals a high degree of fantasy, and also a peculiar inclination of the nationalist imagination to establish aristocratic connections. beyond England. See also Irish Book Lover, Vols. 3, 5.

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