Fitz-James O'Brien
Fitz-James O'Brien
(1828-1862)

Called "a Poe in the minor mode" and "the preeminent writer of supernatural stories of his time," Fitz-James O'Brien is best remembered for two or three widely anthologized stories that border on science fiction and for a supernatural poem.


O'Brien caricature

Mullen's caricature of Fitz-James O'Brien recruiting for the Union Army
Reproduced from Poems and Stories (Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1881), ed. William Winter.



Biography: Irish Bohemian, American Fantasist

Bibliography: Works By and About O'Brien




First posted: July 27, 1996
Last updated: January 11, 2011

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