1840-1883 [née Frances Marcella Attie, m. name OBrien]; married
name Frances Marcella OBrien, b. Peafield, nr. Ennis, Co. Clare;
lived aunts house Kildysart; contrib. Nation; Weekly Freeman, Young Ireland, Tinsleys Magazine; Irish Monthly,
1878-81 (16 poems incl. 1 posthum.); issued Won By Worth (1892), a novel in which
Capt. Arthur Crosbie wins the heart of Mary Desmond by nursing her brother
through an attack of smallpox; also a The Carradassian Family
(NY Sadlier 1897), rep. from Irish Monthly, with which she was
primarily associated; there are no titles in BL. MKA IF
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Mrs. Morgan John OConnell, Glimpses of a Hidden Life: Memories
of Attie OBrien (Dublin: M. H. Gill 1887).
James H. Murphy, Catholic Fiction and Social Reality in Ireland, 1873-1922 (Conn: Greenwood Press 1997), Part I: Upper Middle-Class Fiction
1873-1890, p.27f. Murphy discusses The Monks Prophecy (1882)
and The Carradassan Family (1888), the latter displaying a
slightly modified version of the inheritance plot (p.28.) he quotes the following from Through the Dark Night (1898), calling it one of best written passages from one of the better upper middle-class
novelists: Looking at those refined, aristocratic
girls, so pure and pale, impressed her with the conviction that she was
a coarse daub beside them. She felt tha ther cheeks were at the moment
the colour of a full blown peony. she glanced at their hands, as slender
and delicate as white flowers, covered with flashing rings. Sixes would
fit them; she took six three-quarters herself. She had burst a button
on one glove: how horrible, [how fat], red and ill-shaped the hand seemed!
Why did she not put a pin in the glove even, to draw it together!
(Through the Dark Night; or, Thirty Years Ago, in The Irish
Monthly, 25 (1897, p.261; here 42.)
Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), lists The Carradassan Family (NY: Sadlier 1897), a novel formerly ser.
in Irish Monthly (Vol XVI 1888), concerning the love of Charles McCarthy,
protegé of Col. F., for Letty, the colonels eldest dg., who
is betrothed to Capt. Calvert, and Englishman; Charlie returns from the
US to save the family and marry Letty; the whole is set on the Fitzgerald
estate on the Shannon.
Brian McKenna, Irish Literature,
1800-1875: A Guide to Information Sources (Detroit: Gale Research
Co. 1978), cites Mrs. Morgan John OConnell, Glimpses of a Hidden
Life, Memories of Attie OBrien (Gill 1887) 272pp.; also articles
by Matthew Russell (In Memoriam) and others in Irish Monthly
and Molua. IF characterises her work as writings of high
literary value; lists The Carradassan Family (1897).