Michael Francis O’Donovan (Frank O’Connor) (1903-1966) is an Irish writer with more than one hundred fifty works to his name. He is most known for his short stories, though he was also a literary critic, novelist, and poet. Much of his writing is autobiographical, most notably The Man of the House based on his childhood in County Cork.


“As a writer, I like the feeling I get when some story which I’ve been trying to bring up in the right way, gets on its own feet and tells me to go to hell.”

“There is in the short story at its most characteristic something we do not often find in the novel–an intense awareness of human loneliness.”

“The short story is the art form that deals with the individual when there is no longer a society to absorb him, and when he is compelled to exist, as it were, by his own inner light.”

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