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English Literature

Dorothy Molloy: Les Grands Seigneurs

Context

Dorothy Molloy's first collection of poetry, Hare Soup, was published just ten days after she died from cancer of the liver in 2004. Two further collections - Gethsemane Day and Long Distance Swimmer - have been published in 2007 and 2009. Molloy was born in 1942 in Ireland. She grew up in County Dublin, but she moved to Barcelona after studying languages at university and spent some of her adult life in Spain, working as a journalist and arts administrator. She also gained some success as a painter. She returned to Ireland in 1979.

Her poems have a strong female voice and use black humour to make a point. Her experience as a journalist is sometimes noticeable because of her clear, concrete images, but she is also accomplished in using poetic techniques.

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