The Liam & Tom O’Flaherty Society will officially launch Liam O’Flaherty’s long out-of-print novel “Hollywood Cemetery” by Nuascéalta publishers, next week, over eighty years after it was banned by the Irish state.
Filmmaker Bob Quinn will launch the novel at 6.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 10 April at Galway City library.
Published in London in 1935, but never re-issued until now, “Hollywood Cemetery” is one of five novels by O’Flaherty banned by the Irish State under the Censorship Act.
Liam O’Flaherty spent the period from April 1934 to June 1935 in the US, mostly in Hollywood, when his cousin John Ford made the famous film adaptation of O’Flaherty’s 1925 novel “The Informer” which premiered on 1 May 1935. “Hollywood Cemetery” is O’Flaherty’s fictionalised satirical account of his encounter with an industry that embodies the American Way of Life and exposes the core of Hollywood film-making.
In the 1930s, O’Flaherty was one of the most censored authors in Ireland, in fact his Galway novel “The House of Gold” was the very first book to be banned. Now Nuascéalta publishers, who in 2013 republished “The House of Gold” for the first time since 1929, have made a beautiful new edition of “Hollywood Cemetery” available to the reading public. The novel is for sale by Amazon.