Flann O'brien - Author

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Flann O’Brien was the pseudonym of Brian O'Nolan (5 October 1911 – 1 April 1966). He was an Irish novelist and satirist, best known for his novels At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman. He also wrote many humorous columns in the Irish Times under the name Myles na gCopaleen.

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The Best of Myles

The Best of Myles

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2017

Short Fiction of Flann O'Brien

Short Fiction of Flann O'Brien

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/08/2013

Myles Before Myles

Myles Before Myles

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2012

Myles Before Myles is a wonderfully funny selection of writings from the pen of Brian O'Nolan (aka Flann O'Brien, Myles na Gopaleen, George Knowall). In this fun-filled extravaganza he is, above all, an entertainer, a 'gas man'. Like much of O'Nolan's most entertaining work, the pieces in this did not originally appear in book form, but in periodicals and newspapers now almost impossible to find. Myles Before Myles reveals that some of his wittiest and most unusual were published years before Myles na Gopaleen (or Flann O'Brien) had even been born, and were destined to lie in almost complete obscurity for many decades. Flann O'Brien is a cult hero whose comic genius has been praised by anyone who is anyone - from James Joyce to Graham Greene, Dylan Thomas to Anthony Burgess, Bendan Behan to S.J.Perelman. Old addicts (lucky enough to have discovered Flann in previous hilarious guises) will rejoice at the rediscovery of lost laughter and new readers will revel in one of the funniest writers in any language. Here is a feast for them all: a book full of the joys of Myles as student, as blatherer, as romancer, as Irishman, as poet - as Myles! With a penetrating introduction from compiler, John Wyse Jackson, Myles Before Myles (out of print for some twenty years) is a brilliant addition to the O'Brien canon.

Myles Away from Dublin

Myles Away from Dublin

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2012

Flann O'Brien (Brian O'Nolan, aka Myles na Gopaleen) adopted not only a new name (George Knowall) for these rarely seen pieces, but also a new persona. Writing his column Bones of Contention for the Nationalist and Leinster Times , he took on the character of the quizzical and enquiring humorist who might be found in a respectable public house in Carlow: erudite, urbane and informative, he is the country cousin of the Myles of Dublin, yet still a facet of the complex character who wrote The Third Policeman and At Swim-Two-Birds . His delight in words, his uncanny ability to see through humbug, are unparalleled. Writers as disparate as James Joyce, Dylan Thomas, Graham Greene and Anthony Burgess have marvelled at his talent. New readers will discover that he is one of the funniest writers in any language, at any time. Brian O'Nolan, who also wrote under the pen names of Flann O'Brien and Myles na Gopaleen, was born in 1911 in Co Tyrone. A resident of Dublin, he graduated from University College after a brilliant career as a student, where he briefly edited - and largely wrote - a comic magazine called Blather , and joined the Civil Service, in which he eventually attained a senior position. He died in Dublin on 1 April 1966. His novels include: A S-2-B , The Dalkey Archive , The Third Policeman , The Hard Life and The Poor Mouth (originally published in Irish as An Beal Bocht ).

Myles Before Myles

Myles Before Myles

Author: Flann O'brien Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2011

Myles Before Myles is a wonderfully funny selection of writings from the pen of Brian O'Nolan (aka Flann O'Brien, Myles na Gopaleen, George Knowall). In this fun-filled extravaganza he is, above all, an entertainer, a 'gas man'. Like much of O'Nolan's most entertaining work, the pieces in this did not originally appear in book form, but in periodicals and newspapers that are now almost impossible to find. Myles Before Myles reveals that some of his wittiest and most unusual were published years before Myles na Gopaleen (or Flann O'Brien) had even been born, and were destined to lie in almost complete obscurity for many decades. Flann O'Brien is a cult hero whose comic genius has been praised by anyone who is anyone -- from James Joyce to Graham Greene, Dylan Thomas to Anthony Burgess, Bendan Behan to S.J.Perelman. Old addicts (lucky enough to have discovered Flann in previous hilarious guises) will rejoice at the rediscovery of lost laughter and new readers will revel in one of the funniest writers in any language. Here is a feast for them all: a book full of the joys of Myles as student, as blatherer, as romancer, as Irishman, as poet -- as Myles! With an intelligent and amusing introduction from the compiler, John Wyse Jackson, Myles Before Myles (which has been out of print for some twenty years) is a brilliant addition to the O'Brien canon. Its reappearance has been well worth waiting for.

Myles away from Dublin

Myles away from Dublin

Author: Flann O'brien Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2011

Flann O'Brien (Brian O'Nolan, aka Myles na Gopaleen) adopted not only a new name (George Knowall) for these rarely seen pieces, but also a new persona. Writing his column 'Bones of Contention' for the Nationalist and Leinster Times, he took on the character of the quizzical and enquiring humorist who might be found in a respectable public house in Carlow: erudite, urbane and informative, he is the country cousin of the Myles of Dublin, yet still a facet of the complex character who wrote The Third Policeman and At Swim-Two-Birds. His delight in words, his uncanny ability to see through humbug, are unparalleled. Writers as disparate as James Joyce, Dylan Thomas, Graham Greene and Anthony Burgess have marvelled at his talent. New readers will discover that he is one of the funniest writers in any language, at any time. Brian O'Nolan, who also wrote under the pen names of Flann O'Brien and Myles na Gopaleen, was born in 1911 in Co Tyrone. A resident of Dublin, he graduated from University College after a brilliant career as a student briefly edited -- and largely wrote -- a comic magazine called Blather, and joined the Civil Service, in which he eventually attained a senior position. His career as a writer extended from his student days, and through his years in the Service and the years following his resignation. He died in Dublin on 1 April 1966. His novels include: A S-2-B, The Dalkey Archive, The Third P, The Hard Life and The Poor Mouth (originally published in Irish as An Beal Bocht).

Hard Life

Hard Life

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2011

Various Lives of Keats and Chapman

Various Lives of Keats and Chapman

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2010

The Dalkey Archive

The Dalkey Archive

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2009

Flann O'Brien The Complete Novels

Flann O'Brien The Complete Novels

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2007

In the five novels by Ireland's greatest comic writer we can explore the full range of his invention, from the multi-layered madness of At Swim-Two-Birds to the piercing realism of The Hard Life and the surreal logic of The Third Policeman. This is a world where bicycles listen to conversations, inventors search formethods of 'diluting' water, and characters play truant while novelists sleep; a world where spiteful fairies wreak havoc and heroes from legend blunder into suburban sitting-rooms. This is recognizably the Ireland of Joyce and Beckett - rowdy, high-spirited, by turns sensual and and cerebral -transformed by O'Brien's unique vision.

At War

At War

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/08/2007

The Third Policeman

The Third Policeman

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/04/2007

A masterpiece of black humour from the renown comic and acclaimed author of `At Swim-Two-Birds' - Flann O'Brien. A thriller, a hilarious comic satire about an archetypal village police force, a surrealistic vision of eternity, the story of a tender, brief, unrequited love affair between a man and his bicycle, and a chilling fable of unending guilt, `The Third Policeman' is comparable only to `Alice in Wonderland' as an allegory of the absurd. Distinguished by endless comic invention and its delicate balancing of logic and fantasy, `The Third Policeman' is unique in the English language.

Various Lives of Keats and Chapman

Various Lives of Keats and Chapman

Author: Flann O'brien Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2005

"e;Along with Joyce and Beckett, [Flann O'Brien] constitutes our trinity of great Irish writers. And who is funnier?"e;- Edna O'BrienThe cream of Flann O'Brien's comic tour-de-force, the Keats and Chapman stories began in O'Brien's column in the Irish Times. He called them "e;studies in literary pathology"e; -- monstrously tall tales that explore the very limits of the shaggy dog story. As one critic wrote, they will accumulate the fantasy to the point of sadism, and then cash home with the flat, desolating pun."e;The Brother"e; is another of O'Brien's funniest creations. He is the archetypal Dublin man -- an authority on every one of mankind's ills, from the common cold to the court case. Forget the experts, The Brother knows best."e;The best comic writer I can think of."e;- S. J. Perelman

At Swim-two-birds

At Swim-two-birds

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/02/2000

Flann O'Brien's innovative metafictional work, whose unruly characters strike out their own paths in life to the frustration of their author, At Swim-Two-Birds is a brilliant impressionistic jumble of ideas, mythology and nonsense published in Penguin Modern Classics. Flann O'Brien's first novel tells the story of a young, indolent undergraduate, who lives with his curmudgeonly uncle in Dubin and spends far too much time drinking with his friends. When not drunk or in bed he likes to invent wild stories peoples with hilarious and unlikely characters - but somehow his creations won't do what he wants them to. A dazzling work of farce, satire, folklore and absurdity that gives full rein to its author's dancing intellect and Celtic wit, At Swim-Two-Birds is both a brilliant comic send-up of Irish literature and culture, and a portrayal of Dublin to compare with Joyce's Ulysses. Brian O Nuallain, (1911-1966), better known by his pseudonym Flann O'Brien, was born in Strabane, County Tyrone, and studied at University College Dublin before joining the Irish Civil Service. Ifyou enjoyed At Swim-Two-Birds, you might like Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'This is just the book to give your sister if she's a loud, dirty, boozy girl' Dylan Thomas 'That's a real writer, with the true comic spirit' James Joyce, author of Ulysses 'A brilliant, beer-soaked miniature masterpiece' Time

The Hard Life An Exegesis of Squalor

The Hard Life An Exegesis of Squalor

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/1998

The Dalkey Archive

The Dalkey Archive

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/1990

The Poor Mouth

The Poor Mouth

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/1988

The classic satire from the renowned comic and acclaimed author of `At Swim-Two-Birds' - Flann O'Brien. Flann O'Brien's gloriously wicked satire of the traditional Irish peasant novel, The Poor Mouth tells the shamelessly ironic story of Bonaparte O'Coonassa, born in the West of Ireland `on a terrible winter's night'. A hymn to the world of potatoes, rain and `excellent poverty', this cruelly funny assault on the fashionable Gaelic Revival of the day brought the wrath of the custodians of national sentiment upon O'Brien's head for many years thereafter.

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