Kate O’Brien

Literary Birthday – 3 December – Kate O’Brien

Kate O’Brien was born 3 December 1897, and died 13 August 1974.


  1. If it bends, it’s funny; if it breaks, it’s not funny.
  2. Wherever you go, the most of life will have to happen in your mind.
  3. I never get the answer I think I’m going to get.
  4. A laugh is a terrible weapon.
  5. He was new to the sycophancy and cowardice of men; their inability to think alone appalled him as much as did their need to get together and reassure themselves with windy words.

Kate O’Brien was an Irish novelist and playwright. After the success of her play, Distinguished Villa in 1926, she became a full-time writer and was awarded the 1931 James Tait Black Prize for her novel Without My Cloak. Other works include The Land of Spices and Mary Lavelle.

Source for Image


“Sasha” (Possibly Sasha Stone, died 1940), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 3rd December 2013