(23 January 1861 – 2 April 1931) was an Irish-born writer
, known mainly for her novels
and poetry. After her marriage in 1898 to the writer and barrister Henry Albert Hinkson
(1865–1919) she usually wrote under the name Katharine Tynan Hinkson
(or Katharine Tynan-Hinkson
or Katharine Hinkson-Tynan
). Of their three children, Pamela Hinkson
(1900–1982) was also known as a writer.
Tynan was born into a large farming
family in Clondalkin
, County Dublin
, and educated at a convent
school in Drogheda
. Her poems were first published in 1878. She met and became friendly with the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins
in 1886. Tynan went on to play a major part in Dublin literary circles
, until she married and moved to England
; later she lived at Claremorris
, County Mayo
when her husband was a magistrate
there from 1914 until 1919.
For a while, Tynan was a close associate of William Butler Yeats
(who may have proposed marriage and been rejected, around 1885), and later a correspondent of Francis Ledwidge
. She is said to have written over 100 novels; there were some unsurprising comments about a lack of self-criticism in her output. Her Collected Poems
appeared in 1930; she also wrote five autobiographical volumes.
Tynan died in 1931 in Kensal Green, London.
- Louise de la Vallière (1885) poems