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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: Fitz James O'Brien (1828-1862)

Works in the Collection      Manuscript Materials      Biographies

Fitz James O'Brien was born in Ireland. In 1852, he emigrated to the U. S., and began a career in journalism in New York. He became a regular contributor to Harper's and other periodicals. O'Brien is best known for macabre tales such as "The Diamond Lens." While serving in the Union army during the Civil War, O'Brien was wounded and later died of tetanus.


Works in the EAF Collection

"Bob O'Link" from Tales of the Time (1861)

"The Diamond Lens" from Atlantic Tales (1866) (Restricted)

EAF Manuscript Materials

Manuscript: Page from "Bob-o-link"

Contemporary Biographies

From Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors (1901)

From Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1900)