Irish Writer By Liam O ' Flaherty

1613 Words Nov 1st, 2015 7 Pages
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” This quote by William Shakespeare certainly holds true to author Liam O’Flaherty, who had defiantly achieved greatness. Irish author Liam O’Flaherty was born August 28, 1897, on a small island off the coast of Ireland. O’Flaherty was famous for the short stories he wrote during the Irish Renaissance, a time around the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. However, writing was not all that O’Flaherty had worked as: a lumberjack, deckhand, dishwasher, bank clerk, and as a miner were various vocations he had been employed in. He had also traveled across several countries, some being the United States, Canada, and several others throughout South America. O’Flaherty also served in World War I after abandoning his quest for priesthood (The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2015). Sadly, on September 1, 1984, Liam O’Flaherty died at the age of 87, but he left behind an incredible collection of written works for people around the world to enjoy. One popular short story that Liam O’Flaherty wrote was “The Sniper”. This story takes place in the city of Dublin, the present day capital of Ireland, amidst the Irish Civil War. A young man close to his college years was atop a roof with his rifle, laying in silence. The young man had lit a cigarette, but as he did, a bullet streaked by his head. He then turned and saw…
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