(Moore Hall 24 February 1852 - London 1933)
LIFE AND WORKS:
Born from a well-off family he receives education in Oscott, Birmingham. After few years in London he moves to Paris in 1872 where passes 10 years studying painting: this experience will be then told in the autobiographic novel Confessions of a Young Man, 1888, wonderful example of biography in novel shape. After a first period in which he is close to aestheticism (A Modern Lover, 1883, scandalous but realistic portrait of amusements and leisures of a man of his time), he is influenced by naturalism, evident in novels like A Mummer' s Wife, 1885 and the one that is considered its main work and that gains large success, Esther Waters, 1891 story of a nun who has a son and finds herself in having to fight against difficulties due to her maternity. In 1901 he returns to Dublin and here begins a period characterised by a small number of publications but in which he participates to the development of the Irish Renaissance (Rebirth of the Gaelic literature) and is interested in politics. Tales of this period are all of Irish set and deserve citation The Untilled Field, 1903 and The Lake, 1905. The other important autobiographic work is the trilogy composed by Ave (1911), Salve (1912) and Vale (1914), important source of interesting news on the literary personalities of this age.
In the last works of his life, The Brook Kerith, 1921 - narration of an alternative life of Christ - and Heloise and Abelard, 1921, his stylistic nature is clearly expressed by a polished and wide-ranging prose.
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