Eilís Dillon
Sources of further information, scholarship or criticism


  • As well as Inside Ireland (1982), Eilís Dillon wrote an autobiographical essay for Contemporary Authors Autobiography, volume 3, edited by Adele Sarkissian, published in 1986 by Gale Research Company, Book Tower, Detroit, Michigan 48226. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 84-647879. ISBN 0-8103-4502-1. ISSN-0748-0636.
  • Some genealogical information on her family may be found in Burke's Irish Family Records, London, Burke's Peerage Limited, 1976, s.v. Dillon. See also Eilís Dillon, "A Victorian Household", in Victorian Dublin, edited by Tom Kennedy, Dublin, Albertine Kennedy Publishing with the Dublin Arts Festival, 1980, pp.64-71. ISBN 0 906002 05 2.
  • In 2006 her mother's memoirs appeared posthumously, edited by Honor O Brolchain: Geraldine Plunkett Dillon, All in the Blood: A memoir of the Plunkett family, the 1916 rising and the War of Independence, Dublin A&A Farmar, 2006.


  • Eilís Dillon's working drafts are held in the Manuscripts collection of the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
  • The copyright to her work is held by the Eilís Dillon Literary Estate, 16 Prince Edward Terrace, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, to whom all enquiries should be addressed.


  • "Pioneering the Female Protagonist: Eilís Dillon and the Historical Novels." Thesis by Christine A. Walker, MPhil in Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway, 1995.
  • Suzanne Rahn, "'Inishrone Is Our Island': Rediscovering the Irish Novels of Eilís Dillon". The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children's Literature, Volume 21 No. 3, 1997: special number on Irish children's literature. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISSN 0147-2593.
  • Studies in Children's Literature, 1500-2000 edited by Celia Keenan & Mary Shine Thompson. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004. See the essay by Ciara Ní Bhroin, 'Forging national identity: the adventure stories of Eilís Dillon'
  • Irish Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide, edited by Alexander G. Gonzalez, New York, Greenwood Press, 2005. See the article on Eilís Dillon by Maryanne Felter, pp. 94 ff.
  • Treasure Islands: Studies in Children's Literature edited by Mary Shine Thompson & Celia Keenan.
    Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006, 219pp. This book contains three essays on Eilís Dillon:
    Nancy Watson, 'Traditional loyalties and liberal values in Eilís Dillon's The Island of Ghosts' (pp. 172-186)
    Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, 'Daddies and telephones: the wild and the tame in children's literature' (pp. 187-199)
    Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin, 'Growing up in a writer's head' (pp. 200-208)
  • The Politics and Poetics of Irish Children's Literature by Nancy Watson, with a foreword by Declan Kiberd.
    Dublin, Ireland & Portland, Oregon, 2009: Irish Academic Press, 2009, 187pp.
    See Chapter 2, 'Post-Independent Ireland: Eilís Dillon' (pp. 19-42): 'I begin with Eilís Dillon because I see her work as being "foundational"... ' (p. 19)
  • Deirdre O'Byrne: "'One of themselves': Class Divisions in Eilis Dillon's Blood Relations and The Bitter Glass", in Paddy Lyon and Alison O'Malley-Younger (editors), No Country for Old Men: Fresh Perspectives on Irish Literature. Oxford, Berne, New York: Peter Lang, 2009. (Reimagining Ireland, Vol. 4)

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