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Robert Louis Constantine Lee-Dillon Fitzgibbon (Massachusetts 8 June 1919 - Dublin 25 March 1983) was a notable historian and novelist.

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Birth, family and marriage

Constantine Fitzgibbon was born in the United States in 1919. He was raised and educated in France before moving to England.[1] His father was Irish, his mother American. Son of Commander Francis Lee-Dillon FitzGibbon, RN, and Georgette Folsom, Lenox, Mass, USA. Married 1967, Marjorie (née Steele); one daughter; (by a previous marriage to Marion (née Gutmann) one son, b 1961). He was half-brother of Louis Fitzgibbon, author of Katyn.

Education

Wellington College; University of Munich; University of Paris. Fitzgibbon attended Exeter College, Oxford with a modern languages scholarship but left without a degree just before the outbreak of World War II in 1939.[2]

Career

Fitzgibbon served in the British Army until 1942 before transferring to the United States Army as a staff officer at military intelligence. He worked as a schoolmaster for a short time after the war in Bermuda,[3] at Saltus Grammar School, Bermuda, 1946–47; then independent writer. It was here he wrote his first two novels. He lived in Italy and spent many years in England before moving to Ireland in 1965.[4]

Constantine Fitzgibbon has written a number of books including nine novels. One of the recurring subjects in his work was Nazi Germany.[5]

Historian, Journalist and Novelist expert. Served War of 1939-45, British Army (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry), 1939–42; US Army, 1942-46. Constantine FitzGibbon said he was offered, but refused, a job with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) when it was created following World War II. His play, The Devil at Work was produced by the Abbey in 1971.

FitzGibbon was a member of the Council of the Irish Academy of Letters and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Guggenheim Fellow. He later became an Irish citizen and lived in County Dublin.[6]

Publications

  • The Arabian Bird (1949)
  • The Iron Hoop (1950)
  • Dear Emily (1952)
  • Miss Finnigan's Fault (1953)
  • Norman Douglas (1953)
  • The Holiday (1953)
  • The Little Tour (1954)
  • The Shirt of Nessus (1955)
  • In Love and War (1956)
  • The Blitz (1957)
  • Paradise Lost and More (1959)
  • Watcher in Florence (1959) The Vine Press
  • When the Kissing had to Stop (1960) new edition (posthumous), (1989)
  • Adultery Under Arms (1962)
  • Going to the River (1963)
  • Random Thoughts of a Fascist Hyena (1963)
  • The Life of Dylan Thomas (1965 ed.)
  • Selected Letters of Dylan Thomas (1966 ed.)
  • Through the Minefield (1967)
  • Denazification (1969)
  • High Heroic (a novel about the life of Michael Collins) (1969)
  • Out of the Lion's Paw (1969)
  • London's Burning (1970)
  • Red Hand: The Ulster Colony (1971)
  • The Devil at Work (1971) (play)
  • A Concise History of Germany (1972)
  • In the Bunker (1973)
  • The Life and Times of Eamon de Valera (1973)
  • The Golden Age (1976)
  • Secret Intelligence (1976)
  • Man in Aspic (1977)
  • Teddy in the Tree (1977)
  • Drink (1979)
  • The Rat Report (1980)
  • The Irish in Ireland (1982)
  • and trans from French, German and Italian. Translator of the Rudolf Höß "autobiography". Contributor to Encyclopædia Britannica, newspapers and periodicals in Britain, America and elsewhere
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When the Kissing Had to Stop

This novel was filmed 1962, directed by Bill Hitchcock and starring Denholm Elliott, Peter Vaughan and Douglas Wilmer[7].

References

  1. ^ Red Hand: The Ulster Colony, Constantine Fitzgibbon, Michael Joseph Ltd (1971)ISBN 7181 0881 7, Flyleaf Bio
  2. ^ Red Hand: The Ulster Colony, Constantine Fitzgibbon, Michael Joseph Ltd (1971)ISBN 7181 0881 7, Flyleaf Bio
  3. ^ Red Hand: The Ulster Colony, Constantine Fitzgibbon, Michael Joseph Ltd (1971)ISBN 7181 0881 7, Flyleaf Bio
  4. ^ Red Hand: The Ulster Colony, Constantine Fitzgibbon, Michael Joseph Ltd (1971)ISBN 7181 0881 7, Flyleaf Bio
  5. ^ Red Hand: The Ulster Colony, Constantine Fitzgibbon, Michael Joseph Ltd (1971)ISBN 7181 0881 7, Flyleaf Bio
  6. ^ Red Hand: The Ulster Colony, Constantine Fitzgibbon, Michael Joseph Ltd (1971)ISBN 7181 0881 7, Flyleaf Bio
  7. ^ Error - - New York Times
  • Who's Who
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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