Mary Lavin and Kate Murphy
Professor Murphy taught Irish literature, Creative Writing, and Shakespeare. Speakers will include Maureen O’Rourke Murphy, international Irish literature scholar, and Bud Jennings, Merrimack graduate, who is a high school teacher and fiction writer.
The library will be accepting the typescript of a discussion between Irish-American author Mary Lavin and a group of Merrimack students conducted in 1967. Here are some library resources on Mary Lavin.
- Collected Stories Houghton Mifflin 1971
- Encyclopedia Of Catholic Literature Greenwood Press 2004
- Mary Lavin Bucknell University Press 1975
- Folk Women and Indirection in Morrison, Ní Dhuibhne, Hurston, and Lavin Ashgate 2007
- The Portable Irish Reader The Viking Press 1946
- Short Story Criticism, Volume 4 : Excerpts From Criticism Of The Works Of Short Fiction Writers Gale Research 1990
- Lavin, Mary in Gale Literature Resource Center
When Irish-American short story writer and novelist Mary Lavin was interviewed by English Professor Catherine A. Murphy’s students in 1967, little could they have known how important their exchange would become to scholars of Lavin’s work.
From left: Kate McCauley, Rebecca Kell, and Sarah Downey, all seniors at Newburyport High School, wearing their Merrimack gear. Kate and Rebecca wear their “I got in” pins on their backpacks.