Full name: Brinsley (John-) MacNamara (Weldon-)
Born: September 6, 1890 in Delvin, Westmeath, Ireland
Died: February 4, 1963 in Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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Brinsley MacNamara was born as John Weldon as one of seven children of James Weldon, Delvin schoolmaster. He was an Irish playwright and novelist working for the Abbey Theatre from 1909, where he adopted his stage name. Until 1913 he was a free-lance actor who toured America in 1911. Later he worked as the registrar of the National Gallery of Ireland.
MacNamara is most famous for his first printed novel, Valley of the Squinting Windows, published in 1918. It caused a furor due to its depiction of the mean-minded inhabitants of his native village. He continued to write for many years after the publication of this controversial novel.
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