Donn Byrne (Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne, November 20, 1889-June 18, 1928) was born in New York City while his parents were there on a business trip. Shortly after, the family returned to Ireland. Donn Byrne grew up in Armagh and attended University College, Dublin. In 1911, he went to New York where he married Dorthea Cadogan, whom he met in college. Early in his career, he wrote for such publications as the New Catholic Encyclopedia, the Century Dictionary, and the New York Sun. His first short story appeared Smart Set in 1914, and in 1919 he published his first novel. Eventually, Donn Byrne brought his family back to Ireland where he continued to write novels and short stories until his death.
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Preferred Citation: Donn Byrne Papers, MS Eng. 217. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books.
Finding Aid Revisions: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, January 2013.
Scope and Contents: This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Irish novelist Donn Byrne. Also included is correspondence addressed to Mrs. Donn Byrne, which mostly concerns Donn Byrne's literary matters.