I Am Mary Dunne

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I Am Mary Dunne
First edition
Author Brian Moore
Publisher Jonathan Cape
Publication date
Preceded by The Emperor of Ice-Cream (1965)
Followed by Fergus (1970)

I Am Mary Dunne (1968) is a novel by Northern Irish-Canadian writer Brian Moore about one day in the life of a beautiful and well-to-do 31-year-old Canadian woman living in New York City with her third husband, a successful playwright. Triggered by seemingly unimportant occurrences, the protagonist / first person narrator remembers her past in a series of flashbacks, which reveal her insecurities, her bad conscience concerning her first two husbands, and her fear that she is on the brink of insanity.

I Am Mary Dunne has been described as "perhaps [Brian Moore's] best book".[1] Robert Fulford, writing in Canada's The Globe and Mail, calls it "[a] feminist novel written before the wave of feminist novels began".[2]

In its original draft, I Am Mary Dunne was called A Woman of No Identity.[3]


  1. ^ Head, Dominic (2006). The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, third edition. p. 762. ISBN 978-0521831796. 
  2. ^ Fulford, Robert (12 January 1999). "Brian Moore: A writer who never failed to surprise his readers". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Craig, Patricia (2002). Brian Moore: A Biography. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 199. ISBN 978-0747560043. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Brady, Charles A. "I Am Mary Dunne" in Eire-Ireland 3, Winter 1968, pp. 136–40.