Emily Lawless: Grania

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  • Catherine Smith

Grania, Lawless’s third Irish novel, has a simple plot made vivid by the complex psychology of its eponymous protagonist, and the intense evocations of lifestyle, landscape, and weather of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, off Ireland’s west coast. Grania was first published in 1894 in London, by Smith, Elder, and Co., and was favourably reviewed by the SpectatorAthenaeumBookman, and Nation, among others. The United Ireland remarked that there was “nothing to equal this in Irish literature” (qtd. in Hansson 72-3); the poet and man of letters Algernon Charles Swinburne wrote that “it is one of the books about which there …

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Smith, Catherine . "Grania". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 February 2013; last revised .
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=34880, accessed 05 July 2015.]