1925- ; b. England, 10 Oct.; her father Jobey Smith, English Romany; dg.
of Annie Mahoney, Irish tinker [traveller], who died at her birth; abandoned by her father
on farm, where she was raised; ed. four private boarding schools and circus;
horse master for Roberts Bros. circus; m. to English farmer, Swedish sculptor,
and Irish journalist Fergus Casey, a child by each. Settled in Co. Kerry.
Poetry, Hath the Rain a Father? (London: Phoenix Hse. 1966), Horse by the River and Other Poems (Dublin: Dolmen Press
1968), 2 ills. by author; Eternity Smith & Other Poems
(Dublin: Dolmen 1985). Novels, The Horses of Selene (Dublin:
Dolmen Press; London: Calder & Boyars 1971; NY: Grossman 1972; rep.
1985); The Circus (Dublin: Dolmen Press 1974; Nantucket, Mass:
Longship Press ) [Dolmen stock held by Colin Smythe].
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Gordon Henderson, An Interview
with Juanita Casey, Journal of Irish Literature (Sept. 1972),
pp.41-45; A Grab-bag of Juanita Casey, Journal of Irish Literature, X, 2 (May 1981); Freda Brown Jackson, Juanita Casey, in Dictionary
of Literary Biography (Detroit: Broccoli Clark Book 1983).
Maurice Harmon, First Impressions: 1968-78, in Terence Brown & Patrick Rafroidi, eds., The Irish Short Story (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1979): Some of Juanita Caseys stories are almost entirely descriptive; their movements follow and reflect the associations of an individual mind, so that her work is attentive to myriad, shifting perceptions, to radiantly accurate description, as when the boy comes upon the dead peacock in The Well or the manacing zebra: the flaring bands on its body shook and rippled [...] it had an intensity, a feline, white-hot fire behind the bars of its painted hide. (pp.73-74.)
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Grattan Freyer, Modern Irish Writing (1979), calls calls her fiction
DH Lawrence-like and selectes Housemaids Unconnected Knee [poem].
Ann Owens Weekes, ed., Unveiling Treasures: The Attic Guide to the Published Works of Irish Women Literary Writers: Drama, Fiction, Poetry (Dublin: Attic Press 1993), lists Horses of Selene [Miceal, an Aranchilla islander, ruled by repressive priests tirades on sex, but attracted to liberated Selene, who visits island; Selene wishes to ride the speckled horse in a band of wild horses; makes love happily to remorseful Miceal]; Eternity Smith, poetry [title character is the nailor who made the nails for Christs cross].
University of Ulster Library holds A Sampling (Proscenium Press 1981).
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