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O'Brien, Flann 1911-1966

Works: 309 works in 1,388 publications in 8 languages and 20,885 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Satire  Experimental fiction  Black humor  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Short stories  Drama  Humorous fiction  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Creator, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor
Classifications: PR6029.N56, 823.912
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Most widely held works about Flann O'Brien
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Most widely held works by Flann O'Brien
At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien( Book )

158 editions published between 1939 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 2,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Irish college student avoids studying by writing a novel in which the central character, a writer named Dermot Trellis, is attacked by his own characters--figures, including the Pooka and Finn MacCool, whom he has borrowed from Irish myth and legend
The third policeman : a novel by Flann O'Brien( Book )

134 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Third Policeman is Flann O'Brien's comic novel about the nature of time, death, and existence. Told by a narrator who has committed a botched robbery and brutal murder, the novel follows him and his adventures in a two-dimensional police station where, through the theories of the scientist/philosopher de Selby, he is introduced to "Atomic Theory" and its relation to bicycles, the existence of eternity (which turns out to be just down the road), and de Selby's view that the earth is not round but "sausage-shaped." With the help of his newly found soul named "Joe, " he grapples with the riddles and contradictions that three eccentric policeman present to him
The poor mouth : a bad story about the hard life by Flann O'Brien( Book )

65 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in English and held by 1,184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the 1941 novel about Bonaparte O'Coonassa, an Irish peasant who shares a life of abject poverty with his family and neighbors in the village of Corkadoragha, one of the most beautiful places in the country
The Dalkey Archive : a novel by Flann O'Brien( Book )

66 editions published between 1964 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First draft typescript with autograph corrections
Stories and plays by Flann O'Brien( Book )

37 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Richard Seaver book."
The hard life : an exegesis of squalor by Flann O'Brien( Book )

67 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in English and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comic look at Irish life. The narrator is Finbarr, an orphan raised amid the odor of good whisky and bad cooking. With a mixture of admiration and unease he watches his brother, Manus, turn into a young man of business, successful enough to move to England
The best of Myles; a selection from 'Cruiskeen lawn' by Flann O'Brien( Book )

49 editions published between 1968 and 2016 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selections from the author's column, Cruiskeen lawn, in the Irish times
The complete novels by Flann O'Brien( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flann O'Brien, along with Joyce and Beckett, is part of the holy trinity of modern Irish literature. His five novels-collected here in one volume-are a monument to his inspired lunacy and gleefully demented genius
A Flann O'Brien reader by Flann O'Brien( Book )

6 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The various lives of Keats and Chapman ; and, the brother by Flann O'Brien( Book )

25 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First appearing as columns in The Irish Times, the hilarious escapades of Keats and Chapman (based on the Romantic poet and the translator of Homer, respectively) that comprise this volume illuminate the extraordinary talent of Flann O'Brien. Labeled by the author "studies in literary pathology" the vignettes - each concluding in a terrible, bathetic pun - are the work of an extraordinarily funny mind exploring the limits of the shaggy dog story. -- Book jacket
Further cuttings : from Cruiskeen Lawn by Flann O'Brien( Book )

14 editions published between 1976 and 2000 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Flann O'Brien adopted the name "Myles na Gopaleen" for the hilarious Cruiskeen Lawn column which he wrote for The Irish Times from 1940-1966. Whereas The Best of Myles covered the first five years of the column's life, this companion edition covers the period from 1947-1957. Here can be found the true transcripts of Myles's clashes with the law courts on charges of larceny, currency offenses, marrying without the consent of his parents, gang warfare, and using bad language; here too are bizarre obituaries, bores, banalities, jovialities and immoralities, and the return of the preposterous Brother. Also included is the first-ever Myles article."--Jacket
At war by Flann O'Brien( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At War is a collection of Flann O'Brien's columns written for the Irish Times under the pseudonym Myles na Gopaleen. Taken from the war years of 1940-45, these writings provide plenty of acerbic wit and persistent prodding of "the good people of Ireland." And in typical O'Brien fashion, no one is safe from his opinionated attacks. His oftentimes hysterical musings include discussions of theater, what it means to be Irish, ideas for alternative pubs and liquors, advice for children, and ways to improve the home."--Jacket
The third policeman by Flann O'Brien( )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flann O'Brien's most popular and surrealistic novel concerns an imaginary, hellish village police force and a local murder. Weird, satirical, and very funny, its popularity has suddenly increased after the novel was featured in the October 2005 episode of the hit television series Lost
The Short Fiction of Flann O'Brien by Flann O'Brien( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of short stories and part of an unfinished novel by the Irish writer. 5 of the stories have been translated from Irish
The best of Myles by Flann O'Brien( Book )

7 editions published between 1968 and 2011 in English and French and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Best of Myles brings together the "best" of Flann O'Brien's newspaper column "Cruiskeen Lawn," written over a nearly thirty-year period, Covering such subjects as plumbers, the justice system, and improbable inventions, O'Brien (whose real name was Brian O'Nolan, though his newspaper pseudonym was Myles na Gopaleen) is replete with zany humor and biting satire directed at the Irish and their preoccupations. Most of all, however, The Best of Myles displays O'Brien's unique mastery of language and style."--Jacket
The hair of the dogma : a further selection from "Cruiskeen lawn" by Flann O'Brien( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 1989 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Myles before Myles : a selection of the earlier writings of Brian O'Nolan by Flann O'Brien( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flann O'Brien : Plays and Teleplays by Flann O'Brien( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rarely reprinted, rarely staged, and often entirely unpublished, Flann O'Brien's works for the stage and television are speculative, inventive, and as wickedly funny as his novels
The hard life : a novel by Flann O'Brien( Book )

19 editions published between 1961 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two young orphans, Finbarr and Manus, are taken into the household of the eccentric Mr Collopy where they grew up surrounded by the smells of good whiskey and bad cooking. Manus proves to be a business genius, and this talent takes him from teaching people to walk the tightrope by correspondence course to the Vatican. The greatest satirical Irish writer of the twentieth-century turns his attention to the garrulous Irish and vividly captures the wit, extravagance and glory of their talk
Rhapsody in Stephen's green : the insect play by Flann O'Brien( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using a play by Karl and Josef Capek as source, Flann O'Brien locates his insect drama in Dublin, his most familiar stalking- territory. His adaptation is a vehicle for ridicule and invective, targeting race, religion, greed, identity and purpose. With his extraordinary ear for dialogue, O'Brien creates his own fantastical world, and the outcome is a hilarious satire of Irish stereotypes - as Orangemen, Dubliners, Corkagians and culchies become warring ants, bees, crickets, dung-beetles, and other small-minded invertebrae. The lost text of this play, Hilton Edwards' prompt copy from the 1943 G
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
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Alternative Names
Barnabas 1911-1966 Brother

Barnabas Brother 1911-1966

Brian O’Nolan Irischer Schriftsteller

Brian Ó Nualláin

Brian O'Nolan irsk skribent

Copaleen, Myles

Copaleen Myles 1911-1966

Copaleen, Myles na g 1911-1966

Doe, John J. 1911-1966

Flann O’Brien

Flann O'Brien

Flann O'Brien écrivain irlandais

Flann O'Brien escritor irlandés

Flann O'Brien irländsk författare

Flann O'Brien irský spisovatel

Flann O'Brien pisarz irlandzki

Flann O'Brien schrijver uit Ierland (1911-1966)

Flann O'Brien scrittore e giornalista irlandese

gCopaleen M.

gCopaleen M. 1911-1966

Gcopaleen, Myles 1911-1966

gCopaleen, Myles na 1911-1966

Gopaleen, Myles

Gopaleen, Myles 1911-1966

Gopaleen, Myles na

Gopaleen, Myles na 1911-1966

Gopaleen na, Myles

Knowal, George 1911-1966

Knowall, George

Knowall George 1911-1966

Miles na Gopaleen 1911-1966

Myles 1911-1966

Myles 1911-1966 na gCopaleen

Myles 1911-1966 na Gopaleen

Myles na gCopaleen 1911-1966

Myles, Na Gopaleen

Myles na Gopaleen 1911-1966

Na gCopaleen, Myles.

Na gCopaleen Myles 1911-1966

Na Gopaleen, Myles.

Na Gopaleen Myles 1911-1966

Nacgopaleen, Mayles

Nag Copaleen, Myles

Nag Copaleen Myles 1911-1966

Nagcopaleen, Myles

Nagcopaleen Myles 1911-1966

Nagopaleen, Myles

Nagopaleen, Myles 1911-1966

Nolan, Brian

Nolan Brian 1911-1966

O’Nolan, Brian 1911-1966

O' Nuallain, Brain

O ̕Nuallain Brain 1911-1966

Ó Nualláin, Brian

Ó Nualláin, Brian 1911-1966

O'Blather, ... Great Count 1911-1966

O'Braiens, Flens 1911-1966

O'Brian, Flann 1911-1966

O'Brien, Brian O'Nolan pseud. Flann

O'Brien, Brian O'Nualláin, pseud. Flann

O'Brien, Flann

O'Brien, Flann, 1911-1966 pseud.

O'Brien, Flann, pseud., 1911-1966

O'Nolan, Brian.

O'Nolan Brian 1911-1966

Брыян О’Нуалан

О'Нолан Б

О'Нолан Б. 1911-1966

Фланн О’Брайен

Фленн О'Брайен

אוברין, פלן

או'ברין, פלן, 1911-1966

או'נולן, ברין, 1911-1966

בריאן אונולן סופר אירי

גופלין, מילס נה, 1911-1966

오놀란, 브라이언 1911-1966

오브라이언, 플랜 1911-1966

オブライエン, フラン


The third policeman : a novelThe poor mouth : a bad story about the hard lifeThe Dalkey Archive : a novelThe hard life : an exegesis of squalorThe best of Myles; a selection from 'Cruiskeen lawn'The complete novelsThe various lives of Keats and Chapman ; and, the brotherFurther cuttings : from Cruiskeen Lawn