Maeve Brennan: The Springs of Affection: Stories of Dublin

(1822 words)
  • Dolores McLoughlin (Trinity College Dublin )

The Springs of Affection: Stories of Dublin is comprised of three cycles of stories published in 1997. With the exception of “The Poor Men and Women” (1952), which was printed in Harper’s Bazaar, all the stories originally appeared in The New Yorker, and were later published in two collections, In and Out of Never-Never Land (1969) and Christmas Eve (1974). The title story, “The Springs of Affection”, is considered “in form, if not quite in length, a novella” and is regarded as one of the finest stories Maeve Brennan ever wrote (Maxwell 1997: 10). In this collection, Brennan who grew up in Dublin, draws on her deep familiarity with the socio-cultural character of early-twentieth …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

McLoughlin, Dolores. "The Springs of Affection: Stories of Dublin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 August 2011
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]