Writer Profile: Maeve Binchy
Writer Profiles / 07/06/2021

Dates: b. 1939, d. 2012 Literary Movement: Post-war Irish Fiction Famous Works: Deeply Regretted By…, Circle of Friends, Tara Road, Scarlet Feather Profile: Anne Maeve Binchy was a novelist, playwright, short story writer, columnist, and speaker. The oldest of four children, she was born in Dalkey, Ireland. Educated at a convent school in her early years, she went on to study at University College Dublin, earning a degree in history. A trip to Israel in 1963 greatly impacted her personally and religiously, causing her to renounce her Catholic faith and become agnostic. Binchy began her career in journalism after her father sent articles she wrote home from Israel were published in the local paper. Her first novel was a collection of newspaper articles, paving her path towards a career as a novelist. She released subsequent books of short stories documenting the lives of quiet villages in Ireland. Her later novels would feature a cast of recurring and interrelated characters. Her work is characterized by a compassionate and knowingly comedic portrayal of small-town life in Ireland, capped by surprise and unexpected endings. Binchy was married in 1977 until her death from heart complications in 2012. She passed away in her hometown…

Writer Profile: George Bernard Shaw
Writer Profiles / 08/01/2021

Dates: b. 1856, d. 1950 Literary Movements: Ibsenism, Naturalism Famous Works: Candida (1894), Caesar and Cleopatra (1898), Man and Superman (1903), Major Barbara (1905), The Doctor’s Dilemma (1906), Pygmalion (1912) Profile: George Bernard Shaw was an Irish author and playwright who composed more than 60 plays during his illustrious lifetime. Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1856, Shaw began studying the arts as a young child under the guidance of his mother. In 1876 Shaw moved to London where his writing career commenced. Despite struggling early in his career, he eventually found his niche. Although most notably recognized as an esteemed playwright, Shaw also published many works of journalism, essays, novels, and short stories. Heavily involved in British politics, Shaw’s oeuvre has engaged readers on social topics like education, religion, politics, and class privilege. In 1895, after the dismal rejection of many failed novels, Shaw began writing plays. His first plays were published as a collection titled Plays Unpleasant; they were imbued with his quintessential wit and social criticism. However, no play was as famous as Shaw’s Pygmalion, published in 1912, for which George Bernard Shaw won both a Nobel Peace Prize in Literature and an Oscar Award. Remarkably, Shaw is…