Edwin O'Connor

Edwin O'Connor was an American journalist, novelist, and radio commentator, best known for his novels about Irish-American life in New England. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1962 for his novel 'The Edge of Sadness'. His work often explored the complexities of the Irish Catholic experience and was well-regarded for its depth and character development.


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  1. 1. The Edge of Sadness

    "The Edge of Sadness" is a story about a middle-aged Catholic priest who, after battling alcoholism and depression, returns to his hometown to serve in a local parish. The novel explores themes of faith, friendship, and redemption as the protagonist reconnects with his old friends, confronts his past, and tries to rebuild his life. The story is also a reflection on the changing face of the Catholic Church and the Irish-American community in the mid-20th century.

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