Tuesday 21 November 2017

Lavin review at odds with facts

Madam – I wish to correct inaccuracies in your review by Emer O'Kelly (Sunday Independent, September 1, 2013), of a collection of critical essays edited by Elke D'hoker on the work of my late mother, the writer Mary Lavin (1912-1996).

Following a year in which the centennial of Lavin's birth was celebrated by extensive critical analysis at events in Ireland, continental Europe and North America, it is most untimely of Ms O'Kelly to choose this review to launch a gratuitously venomous attack on my mother's work and character.

Your reviewer's idiosyncratic views and perceptions are at variance with the respect shown by the dozen literary specialists and academics that contributed to the work under review. Ms O'Kelly gives scant credence to their opinions and chooses instead to question Lavin's worth as a person and as a writer.

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