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O'Brien, Flann 1911-1966

Works: 260 works in 1,244 publications in 16 languages and 19,464 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Satire  Experimental fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Short stories  Drama  Detective and mystery stories  Humorous stories  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Creator, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent
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 )
130 editions published between 1939 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 2,136 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 )
124 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,850 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 )
60 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in English and held by 1,214 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 best of Myles by Flann O'Brien( Book )
73 editions published between 1968 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,075 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 Dalkey Archive : a novel by Flann O'Brien( Book )
63 editions published between 1964 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gruwelijk-humoristische experimentele roman waarin een gestoorde wetenschapper met de meest bizarre uitvindingen de wereld wil vernietigen
The hard life : an exegesis of squalor by Flann O'Brien( Book )
90 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 1,021 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
Stories and plays by Flann O'Brien( Book )
34 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A Richard Seaver book."
A Flann O'Brien reader by Flann O'Brien( Book )
5 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The complete novels by Flann O'Brien( Book )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 563 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
The various lives of Keats and Chapman : including, 'The brother' by Flann O'Brien( Book )
23 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Includes 'The Brother', O'Brien's most lasting comic creation, these are the hilarious escapades of Keats and Chapman, which first appeared in Flann O'Brien's legendary column in The Irish Times as shaggy dog stories - always ending in a terrible pun - that demonstrate his extraordinary comic inventiveness. The Brother is the quintessential Dubliner, an authority on every topic who always knows best, and has become a loved Irish comic character and is the author of the great ode to stout
Further cuttings : from Cruiskeen Lawn by Flann O'Brien( Book )
12 editions published between 1976 and 2000 in English and held by 431 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 )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 316 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."--BOOK JACKET
The third policeman by Flann O'Brien( Recording )
15 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 255 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 )
9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 250 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 hair of the dogma : a further selection from "Cruiskeen lawn" by Flann O'Brien( Book )
11 editions published between 1977 and 1989 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Myles before Myles : a selection of the earlier writings of Brian O'Nolan by Flann O'Brien( Book )
13 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An béal boċt; nó, An milleánach. Droċ-sgéal ar an droċṡaoġal curta i n-eagar le Myles na gCopaleen by Flann O'Brien( Book )
25 editions published between 1941 and 2012 in Irish and Scottish Gaelic and held by 156 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 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rhapsody in Stephen's green : the insect play by Flann O'Brien( Book )
4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 114 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
James Joyce essays by Flann O'Brien( Book )
9 editions published between 1972 and 1978 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Barnabas Brother 1911-1966
Brien, Flann O'
Copaleen, Myles
Copaleen Myles 1911-1966
Doe, John J. 1911-1966
Flann O`Brien
Gcopaleen, Myles 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, na gCopaleen
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' Nuallain, Brain
O ̕Nuallain Brain 1911-1966
Ó Nuallain, 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
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