John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He was educated at a
Christian Brother's school and St Peter's College in Wexford. After
leaving college he worked for Aer Lingus (Irish airline) in Dublin, Ireland -
which gave him the opportunity to travel widely. His first book - Long
Lankin, a collection of short stories, was published in 1970. It was
followed by two novels, Nightspawn (1971) and Birchwood (1973).
Dr Copernicus (historical fiction) won the James Tait Black Memorial
Prize for fiction, and was followed by a series of novels exploring the lives of
eminent scientists. For a full bibliography see below. The Sea
(2005) won the Man Booker Prize. Between 1988 and 1999 Banville was the literary
editor of the Irish Times. He lives in Dublin.
Bibliography (dates and titles reflect UK publications)
Long Lankin, 1970
Dr Copernicus, 1976
The Newton Letter: An Interlude, 1982
The Book of Evidence, 1989
The Ark, 1996
The Untouchable, 1997
Prague Pictures: Portrait of a City, 2003
The Sea, 2005
The Infinities, 2009
Christine Falls, 2007 in USA; published under the pseudonym Benjamin Black.
This biography was last updated on 07/02/2011.
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