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Paul Smith (born 1920, Dublin, Ireland died 1997, Dublin) was an Irish writer and playwright.


Smith was born near Charlemont Street in Dublin, the son of a wheelwright. He became involved with the Gate Theatre at 16 years of age. In Ireland he worked as a costume maker and designer in the Abbey and Gate Theatres in Dublin. He went to London in the 50s and then on to Sweden, where he started writing. He then moved to America and soon after to Australia, where he settled in Melbourne for some years. While there he wrote The Countrywoman (1962), The Stubborn Season (1962), and ’Stravanga (1963). He returned to Dublin in 1972 where he remained until he died on 11 January 1997.[1]

He was awarded the American Irish Foundation Literary Award in 1978, and was a member of Aosdána.


  • Esther’s Altar (NY: Abelard-Schuman 1959), later reprinted as Come Trailing Blood (London: Quartet Books 1977)
  • The Stubborn Season (London: Heinemann 1961)
  • The Countrywoman (London: Heinemann 1962)
  • ’Stravanga (London: Heinemann 1963)
  • Summer Sang in Me
  • Esther’s Altar, performed in Los Angeles (1978)


  1. ^ Boylan, Henry (1999). A Dictionary of Irish Biography. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-2945-4.  


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