A Novelist, George A. Birmingham

A novelist, George A. Birmingham, is the pen name of James Owen Hannay. He was from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He published sixty-one novels, two plays and twenty-eight works of nonfiction. Many of his novels depict the conflicts between Catholic Nationalists and Protestant Unionists in Ireland with “humor”. At the same time he was a Church of Ireland, and later Church of England, clergyman. I will be pleased if you learn how his deep faith in Christianity is linked with his humor and what universal value his novels have. The production of this website was supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research which I received from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. —Masahiko Yahata, Professor of English, Beppu University Junior College, Japan

Birmingham in 1916
(Trinity College Dublin Manuscripts 3457/48)

Birmingham in 1927
(National Portrait Gallery London)

The Life and Works of a Novelist, George A. Birmingham (1865—1950)