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Friel, Brian

Works: 200 works in 775 publications in 5 languages and 23,386 library holdings
Genres: Drama  One-act plays  Biography  Film adaptations  Short stories  Diaries  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Domestic drama 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Translator, Contributor
Classifications: PR6056.R5, 822.914
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Most widely held works about Brian Friel
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Most widely held works by Brian Friel
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel( Book )

23 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite their hardships, five sisters living in rural Ireland in 1936 are able to embrace life and all its complexities and dance with joy in their hearts
Lovers by Brian Friel( Book )

15 editions published between 1968 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This free-flowing cascade of dialogue, as beautiful and sparkling as the Ballymore Lake in bright sunlight, will scoop your audience up into the world of that most gifted playwright, Brian Friel. In Winners, two commentators are seated on either side of the stage with books. They speak without emotion about a 17-year-old girl and a boy half a year older who are on their way to meet upon a hilltop to study before examinations and perhaps talk about marriage. She is bubbling with life and is extreme in her enthusiasms. Whatever she likes, she loves; whatever she dislikes, she hates--momentarily. Joe, who follows, is earnest and has a total and touching belief in the value of education. While Joe tries to study, Mag talks, teases, sulks, gets angry and yet loving, too! Dispassionately, as the power and beauty of this love scene develop, the commentators tell us that the young lovers will soon be in a fatal accident. In the midst of enchantment, we discover the effects of this tragedy that will be. In the magic of this masterpiece, we see the lovers not only in this moment but in all time, and we share in their triumph, for despite the coming accident, they are, as the title suggests, winners. Losers is about older lovers, and a critic called it an "uproariously funny tragedy." This couple is trapped by an invalid mother who worships a nonexistent saint. Before this couple marries, the mother demands their immediate presence any time the couple stops talking in the parlor--and so the man tries to recite the only poem he knows while courting. The mother insists they come to see her when they start talking after marriage. Walter Kerr summed it up: "Its outrageousness comes from real observation, its satire from sympathy, its woebegone thunders from wit." Bare stage w/platform." -- Publisher's description
Selected plays by Brian Friel( Book )

27 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philadelphia, here I come! - The freedom of the city - Living quarters - Aristocrats - Faith healer - Translations
Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel( Book )

43 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Typescript, undated
Dancing at Lughnasa by Pat O'Connor( Visual )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and German and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the summer of 1936, as Europe drifts into war and Ireland slips into the 20th century, this is a story about five unmarried sisters, a brother and Michael, the love child of one of the younger sisters. The story is told through Michael's eyes. He feels the joy and security of his close-knit clan, but its secrets and sorrows begin to break through which tears his world apart
Crystal and Fox, and The Mundy scheme by Brian Friel( Book )

3 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The loves of Cass McGuire : a play by Brian Friel( Book )

33 editions published between 1966 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three-act play concerning a woman of seventy, with a disreputable career behind her, who returns to Ireland
Philadelphia, here I come! by Brian Friel( Book )

12 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fed up with the dreary round of life in Ballybeg, with his uncommunicative father and the humiliating job in his father's grocery shop, with his frustrated love for Kathy Doogan who married a richer, more successful young man and with the total absence of prospect and opportunity in his life at home, Gareth O'Donnell has accepted his aunt's invitation to come to Philadelphia. Now, on the eve of his departure, he is not happy to be leaving Ballybeg. With this play Brian Friel made his reputation and it is now an acknowledged classic of modern drama
Faith healer by Brian Friel( Book )

32 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this darkly lyrical tale of a traveling faith healer roaming through Scotland and Wales with his wife and his manager, the author has created a metaphorical portrait of the artist as both creator and destroyer. The Broadway production starred James Mason.--From publisher description
Philadelphia, here I come by Brian Friel( Visual )

9 editions published between 1972 and 2008 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concerns the emotional struggle of a young Irishman preparing to emigrate to America, with one actor portraying his public self and another his private thoughts
The communication cord by Brian Friel( Book )

22 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays two by Brian Friel( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of five plays by Brian Friel
Give me your answer, do! by Brian Friel( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As these wounded souls engage in their self-mocking, acerbic verbal duels, layers of defensive posturing are slowly stripped away, exposing each character's hopes, fears, and fragility, and the uncertainty and self-doubt at the heart of the very human quest for recognition."--Jacket
The gold in the sea by Brian Friel( Book )

12 editions published between 1962 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last of the name by Charles McGlinchey( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and French and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Translations by Brian Friel( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and French and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ill-fated love affair between British soldier and Irish peasant girl set in 1833 Ireland during British attempt to replace native language, Gaelic, with English
Three plays after by Brian Friel( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three plays based on works by Chekhov
The three sisters by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( Book )

13 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jarrell's translation clearly exhibits the sensitivity and poignancy of Chekhov's play which traces the intricate relationships between the sisters and the supporting characters
Volunteers by Brian Friel( Book )

14 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fathers and sons : after the novel by Ivan Turgenev by Brian Friel( Book )

15 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Dancing at Lughnasa
Alternative Names
Brian Friel Brits schrijver (1929-2015)

Brian Friel dramaturge, auteur et metteur en scène irlandais

Brian Friel dramaturgo irlandés

Brian Friel drammaturgo e scrittore irlandese

Brian Friel ír drámaíró

Brian Friel irischer Dramatiker

Brian Friel irländsk dramatiker, författare och teaterregissör

Friel, Bernard Patrick 1929-2015

Friel, Brian

Friel, Brian Patrick

Fril, Brajan, 1929-2015

Frīls, Braiens 1929-

Браян Фрыл

Фрил, Брайен

בריאן פריל

בריאן פריל סופר בריטי

פרייל, ברין

פריל, בריאן 1929-

פריל, ברין

פריל, ברײן

براين فرايل، 1929-

براين فرايل، 1929 م-

برایان فریل

فرييل، برايان، 1929-

فرييل، برايان، 1929 م-

브라이언 프리엘

프리엘, 브라이언

프릴, 브라이언


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English (349)

German (30)

French (12)

Italian (4)

Danish (1)

LoversSelected playsMolly SweeneyThe loves of Cass McGuire : a playPhiladelphia, here I come!Faith healerPlays twoGive me your answer, do!