By Kate McEvoy / TechRadars editorA novel by the Irish novelist Joan Didonion, which she published in 1965, has become a popular literary icon in Ireland, with many saying the novel is an inspiration to the Irish people.
The novel, titled The Story of the Little Sister, is set in 1881 and tells the story of a young orphaned girl named Frances who has a twin sister, Joan, and is brought up by her aunt, Elizabeth.
The Irish writer and activist had a strong influence on other Irish writers and writers in the UK, as well as the UK-based American novelist and poet, Elizabeth Banks.
As well as her prolific literary work, Didonions writing also inspired the Irish writer Anne Rice, who is credited with popularising the concept of the novel in her work.
However, Didion’s story of Frances and Joan was written during the period of the First World War and was written while the country was embroiled in the conflict.
During the war, the Irish government banned the publication of Didonison’s novel, but in 1965 she was able to publish the book in Ireland.
Despite the Irish publics dislike of Didion, Didlonians literary influence has been largely ignored by the wider public, who have only seen a limited number of copies of her work in Ireland and UK.
But Didon was able find support in the Irish literary community in the form of the Mary Leeson Foundation, which gave a scholarship to any Irish writer who could write about the Irish experience during the war.
As part of the scholarship, the foundation also sponsored the publication, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, of Dido’s novel in the journal Irish Times.
Didion, who died in 2006, was a member of the Irish Writers Union, which was formed in 1916.
In her own words, Didison’s book The Story Of The Little Sister has been called the most important book in Irish literature since Joyce and Paddy McGuinness wrote their works.
“The Story of The Little Sisters is the quintessence of literary achievement in Irish and Irish-American literature,” said Ms Leeson, whose award was bestowed on Didion.
“I am honoured to be honoured to have the opportunity to nominate her for the Mary Leeeson Memorial Award for Ireland, the world’s most prestigious literary award for writers of contemporary literature.”
“A Tale Of Two Sisters” was also published in the US in 1969, which had an influence on the Irish-Canadian writer, who later published two novels, The Irish Girl And The Lady And The Pea And The Potato and The Irish Queen.
While the novel was originally published in Ireland by Dubliner, John Eoin O’Dowd, in 1966, it was not until the publication in 1972 of The Story In The Country That The Girl Came In From the North by Irish author Frances O’Connor that it was translated into English and made an Irish-language work.
Didon’s novel was also adapted into a stage play by Mary Lou McDonald in 1976.
However it is her later novel, The Book Of Years, which is credited as the most influential book of Irish literature.
The book tells the tale of a family whose history is unknown and who have lived in a rural village in northern Ireland, until they decide to set up a school for children in the village.
“It is a story about how children are born, what is their story, what they learn about the world,” said Mary Lou, who has been an active member of Irish Writers of America (IWA).
“The book is a collection of stories and memories, but also of the very rich history that the Irish community has been able to bring out.”
In the book, Dido tells the children that they have been born as children, which makes the story more personal, while also being a tribute to the author of the book.
The author’s work is described as being both historical and lyrical, which has inspired many of the writers and artists that have followed in her footsteps.
“Her story is an example of a writer whose life story is intertwined with a history that is intertwined both with the history of the country and with the stories of the people who lived in the country,” said Jean McDonagh, the author and literary critic.
“She was very much aware of the significance of the historical context of the place where she lived, of what the people in her own day were like, and of the importance of the story she was telling.”
“The story of the little sister, of Frances, the little girl who is named Frances, is so central to the story that the story itself is the most enduring of all.”
“What a brilliant story, a great and rich story, one that has endured for a long time and one that is still worth telling,” said Irish writer Michael O’Reilly, who published the book under his name.
“What an extraordinary, extraordinary story