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Star of the Sea : A Postcolonial/Postmodern Voyage into the Irish Famine

Joseph O'Connor's Interests and Current Life

O’Connor never had a professional job, nine-to- five job, or a boss. He has always been writing (O'Connor). The 2011 Irish Culture and Customs website  called A Talk with Joseph O'Connor by Russ Haggerty remarks that O'Connor remembers wanting to write when he was a young child of about 9 or 10. In his late teens he tried for journalism because he wanted a way of making a living. The Dictionary of Irish Literature by Robert Hogan says that O'Connor is a novelist and short story writer. He has been a journalist and has written television and film scripts (938). By the time O'Connor began to admire writing, he could not think of anything to write, so he rewrote John McGahern's story, “Sierra Leone.” O'Connor adjusted the characters in ways that a man and a woman play the roles of his parents as unhappy couple (Langan). O'Connor started writing full-time in 1989 and for 10 years, he wrote columns for Esquire and the Irish Tribune (Palmer).

A 2014 Irish Times newspaper article called "Reader, He Married Her: Joseph O'Connor Falls for 'Wuthering Heights'- and its Adaptor" by Kevin Courtney says that O’Connor’s new job is a professor of creative writing at the University of Limerick in Ireland where he started working in September, 2014. Courtney emphasizes that O’Connor’s first love is writing and his second love is teaching. O'Connor's future plans, as Estevez-Saa argues, are to keep writing fictional novels.

Works Cited
Haggerty, Russ. A Talk with Joe O'Connor. 4 Mar. 2011. Irish Culture and Customs. Web. 2 Mar. 2016.

Hogan, Robert. Dictionary of Irish Literature: Revised and Expanded Edition. Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1996. Print.

Langan, Sheila. "The Power of the Past: Joseph O'Connor." Magazine. Irish America, 2012. Web. 

O’Connor Joseph. “This Much I Know: Joseph O’Connor.” Newspaper. Irish Examiner, 2013. Web.

Palmer, Judith. "Books: `Some Irish Made Vast Fortunes Out of the Famine’; Joseph O'Connor has Abandoned His Modern Larrikins to Produce a Rare Fictional Account of Those Who Fled the Great Hunger, Says Judith Palmer. Portrait by Philip Sinden." The Independent: 20, 21. Jan 04 2003. ProQuest. Web. 15 Feb. 2016.
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