Anne Enright Biography


(eNotes Publishing)

Anne Enright, born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1962, is a beloved writer in her homeland. Winning the coveted Booker Prize in 2007 for her novel, The Gathering has made Enright internationally known.

After receiving a degree in English and philosophy from Trinity College Dublin and later receiving her master’s in writing at the University of East Anglia, Enright worked for six years in Irish television as a writer and director. It was during this time that she wrote and published her first creative work, a collection of short stories called The Portable Virgin (1991). The book won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

Two years later, Enright quit her job and devoted her full energy to writing. The result was her first novel, The Wig My Father Wore (1995), a story about motherhood, sex, and love (with an angel). Enright’s second novel, What Are You Like (2000), is an exploration of family relations. Two years later, Enright turned her attention to a slightly different area. She researched the life of Eliza Lynch and wrote a fictionalized version of this Irish woman who became a politically powerful figure in nineteenth-century Paraguay. That novel is called The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch (2002).

In addition to her fiction, Enright has written many essays for various London publications. A collection of these essays, called Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood, was published in 2004. Most readers in the United Kingdom came to know Enright through her essays, which are often described as being very frank and very funny.

In 2007, Enright wrote The Gathering, the most accomplished and most critically acclaimed of her works. The following year, Enright published a second collection of short stories titled Taking Pictures.

Enright is married to Martin Murphy, an actor and theater director. The couple have two children and live in Ireland.