Eleanor Norah Hoult (10 September 1898 – 6 April 1984) was an Irish writer of novels and short stories.
Hoult was born in Dublin. Her mother, Margaret O'Shaughnessy, was a Catholic who eloped at the age of 21 with a Protestant English architect named Powis Hoult. Both Hoult's parents died while she was still a child, and she and her brother were sent to live with their father's relations in England, where they were educated in various boarding schools.
Her first book, Poor Women!, appeared in 1928. This collection of five short stories received critical praise, and has been reprinted several times, both individually and in selected editions. It was followed by a novel, Time Gentlemen! Time! (1930), which deals with a woman's unhappy marriage to an alcoholic.
Hoult married the writer Oliver Stonor, and lived with him at The Cottage in Windsor Great Park for a year; the marriage was dissolved in 1934. She returned to Ireland to collect material for her writing in 1931, and remained there until 1937, when she moved to New York for two years. Her next two books, Holy Ireland (1935) and its sequel Coming from the Fair (1937), show Irish family life before World War I.
Critics have described Hoult's work as "overlooked" and "neglected"; Nicola Beauman is quoted as saying Hoult "is a very good example of a woman writer who falls completely out of fashion and is forgotten. She was an absolutely brilliant writer and well-known at the time in a way she isn’t now”.
- Poor Women! (short stories, 1928)
- Time Gentlemen! Time! (1930) [published in the U.S. as Closing Time]
- Violet Ryder (from Poor Women!, 1930)
- Apartments to Let (1931)
- Youth Can't Be Served (1933)
- Holy Ireland (1935)
- Coming from the Fair (1937)
- Nine Years is a Long Time (short stories, 1938)
- Smilin' on the Vine (1939)
- Four Women Grow Up (1940)
- Augusta Steps Out (1942)
- Scene for Death (1943)
- There Were No Windows (1944) (Republished in 2005 by Persephone Books)
- House Under Mars (1946)
- Farewell Happy Fields (1948)
- Cocktail Bar (short stories, 1950)
- Frozen Ground (autobiography, 1952)
- Sister Mavis (1953)
- A Death Occurred (1954)
- Journey Into Print (1954)
- Father Hone and the Television Set (1956)
- Father and Daughter (1957)
- Husband and Wife (1959)
- The Last Days of Miss Jenkinson (1962)
- A Poet's Pilgrimage (1966)
- Only Fools and Horses Work (1969)
- Not For Our Sins Alone (1972)
- Two Girls in the Big Smoke (1977)
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