A Nest of Simple Folk
Midsummer Night Madness and Other Stories (1932), one of Seán O'Faoláin's works, highlighted his ambivalence with national Irish revolutionary activity. In 1940, and perhaps reflecting this state, O'Faoláin (1900-1991) became founding editor of The Bell, a literary magazine that served as a forum for those whose sympathies did not necessarily lie with orthodox Irish Catholic nationalism. Indeed, in later life, he described himself as an Irishman writing in English, rather than an Irish writer. He preferred short stories, but did embark on larger works. A Nest of Simple Folk (1933) was part of a historical novel series, of which this is the 1934 American edition.