1910-1993; [pseud. Elizabeth Connor up to the 1950s]; b. 21 May 1910, Fermoy,
Co. Cork; dg. John & Bridget [née Hayes]; m. Joseph C.Walsh;
settled in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary; first novel Mount Prospect (1936),
banned in Ireland but adapted as a play and produced at Abbey (Dublin),
winning the Shaw 1st Prize in 1940; further plays as Swans and Geese (1941); Apple A Day (1942); and Dark Road (1947), adapted
from Dead Star's Light (1938), a novel; author of num. novels incl.
lists We Are Seven (1955), filmed as She Didn't Say No,
entered for Britain in Brussels World Film Festival, 1958, but banned
in Ireland; issued Maggie (1958); The Workhouse Graces (1959);
Caught in the Furze (1977), novels light and satirical; she was
a member of the Society of Authors and P.E.N.; her papers are held in the National Library of Ireland. IF2 DIW
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Novels, As Elizabeth Connor, Mount Prospect (London:
Methuen 1936), in US as No House of Peace (1937); Dead Star's Light
(London: Methuen 1938); Short fiction As Una Troy, We Are Seven
(London Heinemann 1955 ); Maggie (London: Heinemann 1958) [in US
as Miss Maggie and the Doctor]; The Workhouse Graces (London:
Heinemann , 1960) [in US as Graces of Ballykeen]; The Other
End of the Bridge (London: Heinemann 1960); Esmond (London:
Hodder & Stoughton 1962); The Brimstone Halo ([London:] Henry
Hornbuth 1965) [in US as The Prodigal Father]; The Benefactors (London: Hale 1969); The Castle Nobody Wanted (London: Hale
1970); Tiger Puss (London: Hale 1970); Stop Press (London:
Hale 1971); Doctor Go Home (London: Hale 1973); Out of Everywhere (London: 1976 (Hale) Caught in the Furze (London: Hale 1977);
A Sack of Gold (London: Hale 1979); So True a Fool (London:
Hale; NY: Dutton 1981).
Short fiction [as Elizabeth Connor].
“The White Gloves,” Ireland Today (Sept. 1937); The Apple
in The Bell (Oct. 1942); “The Best Butter”, in Kilkenny Magazine (Spring-Summer 1966). Unpublished work, Fly By These Nets,
an unpublished MS, trans. in German as Das Meer ist Music (Munich:
Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag 2001).
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Brian Cleeve & Ann Brady, A Dictionary of Irish Writers
[rev. 1 vol. edn.] (Dublin: Lilliput 1985) lists novels We Are Seven
(1955); Maggie (1958), The Workhouse Graces (1959) and Caught in the Furze (1977), calling them light and satirical.
Ann Butler has developed an Una
Troy Website [link]
- the source of much bio-bibliographical information given here, with
additional remarks: Following her death [...] her daughter Janet
Helleris found an unpublished manuscript sFly By These Nets
[... &c.]; incls. photo. port. [... &c.]
Mairín Ní Dhonnchadha,
et al., eds., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Volumes 4 &
5 (Cork UP 2002), incls. The Apple.
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