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Anne Enright
Enright Anne koeln literaturhaus 181108.jpg
Anne Enright at Literaturhaus Köln (Cologne, Germany), 18 November 2008
Born (1962-10-11) 11 October 1962 (age 51)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Writer
Nationality Irish
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
University of East Anglia
Period 1991 – present
Genres Essay, Novel, Short Story
Subjects Family relationships, love and sex, Irish history, the zeitgeist
Notable work(s) The Portable Virgin
The Wig My Father Wore
What Are You Like?
The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch
The Gathering
The Forgotten Waltz
Notable award(s) Rooney Prize for Irish Literature
1991
Encore Award
2001
Man Booker Prize
2007
Irish Novel of the Year
2008
Spouse(s) Martin Murphy
Children One son, one daughter

Anne Enright FRSL (born 11 October 1962) is an Irish author. She graduated from the University of East Anglia's Creative Writing Course. She lives in Bray, County Wicklow, with her husband and children. She has published essays, short stories, a non-fiction book and four novels.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her novel The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She has also won the 1991 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the 2001 Encore Award and the 2008 Irish Novel of the Year.

Before winning the Man Booker Prize, Enright had a low profile in Ireland and the United Kingdom, although her books were favourably reviewed and widely praised. Her writing explores themes such as family relationships, love and sex, Ireland's difficult past and its modern zeitgeist.[1]

Biography[edit]

Enright won an international scholarship to Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia, where she studied for an International Baccalaureate for two years. She received an English and philosophy degree from Trinity College, Dublin. She began writing in earnest when her family gave her an electric typewriter for her 21st birthday. She won a scholarship to the University of East Anglia's Creative Writing Course, where she was taught by Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury and earned an M.A..[2][3]

Enright was a television producer and director for RTÉ in Dublin for six years.[4] She was a producer for the ground-breaking RTÉ programme Nighthawks for four years.[1] She then worked in children's programming for two years and wrote at the weekends. Enright began writing full-time in 1993.[5] Her full-time career as a writer came about when she left television due to a breakdown, later remarking: "I recommend it [...] having a breakdown early. If your life just falls apart early on, you can put it together again. It's the people who are always on the brink of crisis who don't hit bottom who are in trouble."[6]

Enright lives in Bray, County Wicklow. She is married to Martin Murphy, who is director of the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire. They have two children, a son and daughter.[6][7]

Work[edit]

Enright's early work has often been compared by critics to that of Flann O'Brien.[6] The Portable Virgin, a collection of her short stories, was published in 1991. Angela Carter called it "elegant, scrupulously poised, always intelligent and, not least, original."[6]

Enright's first novel, The Wig My Father Wore, was published in 1995. The book explores themes such as love, motherhood, Roman Catholicism, and sex. The narrator of the novel is Grace, who lives in Dublin and works for a tacky game show. Her father wears a wig that cannot be spoken of in front of him. An angel called Stephen who committed suicide in 1934 and has come back to earth to guide lost souls moves into Grace's home and she falls in love with him.[8]

Enright's next novel, What Are You Like? (2000), is about twin girls called Marie and Maria who are separated at birth and raised apart from each other in Dublin and London. It looks at tensions and ironies between family members. It was short-listed in the novel category of the Whitbread Awards.[9] The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch (2002) is a fictionalised account of the life of Eliza Lynch, an Irish woman who was the consort of Paraguayan president Francisco Solano López and became Paraguay's most powerful woman in the 19th century.[10] Her book Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood (2004) is a collection of candid and humorous essays about childbirth and motherhood. Enright's fourth novel, The Gathering, was published in 2007.

Enright's writings have appeared in several magazines, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, the London Review of Books, The Dublin Review and the Irish Times. She was once a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4, and now reviews for The Guardian and RTÉ.[11][12][13] The 4 October 2007 issue of the London Review of Books published her essay, "Disliking the McCanns", about Kate and Gerry McCann, the British parents of three-year-old Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in suspicious circumstances while on holiday in Portugal in May 2007.[14] The essay was criticised by some journalists.[15][16]

In 2011, the Irish Academic Press published a collection of essays on Enright's work, edited by Claire Bracken and Susan Cahill.[17]

Awards[edit]

Booker Prize[edit]

On 6 September 2007, she was announced as being on the shortlist for that year's Man Booker Prize.[24] The Gathering surprisingly went on to win, netting Anne a cash award of £50,000, on 16 October 2007. After four hours sleep, she spent the following day being interviewed in a windowless room "as apparent punishment for her triumph" and received a call from President of Ireland Mary McAleese's aide-de-camp as she attempted to "stop myself becoming Irish literature's equivalent of Sonia O'Sullivan."[6]

List of works[edit]

Books
  • The Portable Virgin (1991)
  • The Wig My Father Wore (1995)
  • What Are You Like? (2000)
  • The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch (2002)
  • Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood (2004, Jonathan Cape, UK)
  • The Gathering (2007)
  • Taking Pictures (2008)
  • Yesterday's Weather (2009)
  • The Forgotten Waltz (2011)
  • Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood (2012, W. W. Norton, US)
Articles

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Low-profile literary purist gatecrashes Booker party". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 17 October 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2007. [dead link]
  2. ^ Deevy, Patricia (13 October 2002). "Life's exquisite pleasures". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  3. ^ Chatterjee, Manini (18 October 2007). "Anne and I, and those days - In Delhi, memories of a Booker winner from Dublin". The Telegraph (India) (Calcutta, India). Archived from the original on 21 October 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Hayden, Anne (29 December 2005). "Anne Enright". The Sunday Business Post. Retrieved 29 December 2005. 
  5. ^ "Hoping to win another Booker Prize for Ireland". Bray People. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Jeffries, Stuart (18 October 2007). "'I wanted to explore desire and hatred'". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 18 October 2007. 
  7. ^ Purcell, Bernard; Battersby, Eileen (17 October 2007). "Irish novelist beats the odds to win Booker Prize for 'The Gathering'". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  8. ^ Gilling, Tom (18 November 2001). "Earth Angel". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  9. ^ "What are you like? by Anne Enright". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). 3 March 2001. Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  10. ^ Seymour, Miranda (23 March 2003). "First Mistress of Paraguay". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  11. ^ Lawless, Jill. "Anne Enright wins Booker Prize". Yahoo! News. 
  12. ^ "Irish woman wins Man Booker Prize". RTÉ News (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 16 October 2007. Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2007. 
  13. ^ Tonkin, Boyd (19 October 2007). "The fearless wit of Man Booker winner Anne Enright". The Independent (London). Archived from the original on 19 October 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2007. 
  14. ^ Enright, Anne (October 2007). "Diary: Disliking the McCanns". London Review of Books. 
  15. ^ Gammell, Caroline; Simpson, Aislinn (17 October 2007). "Booker winner writes of dislike for McCanns". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  16. ^ Leith, Sam (22 October 2007). "Anne Enright was spot on about McCann mania". The Daily Telegraph (London). Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2007. 
  17. ^ "Anne Enright (Visions and Revisions: Irish Writers in Their Time)". Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "Anne shortlisted for Man Booker Prize". Bray People. 27 September 2007. Archived from the original on 19 November 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  19. ^ "Enright wins literary award". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). 9 June 2004. Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  20. ^ "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  21. ^ Brown, Mark (17 April 2012). "Author celebrating her 84th birthday joins previous winner Ann Patchett and Booker winner Anne Enright on six-strong shortlist". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  22. ^ Neal Wyatt (21 May 2012). "Wyatt’s World: The Carnegie Medals Short List". Library Journal. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  23. ^ Carolyn Kellogg (25 June 2012). "First-ever Carnegie Awards in Literature go to Enright, Massie". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  24. ^ "Shortlist Announcement". bookerprize.com. 

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