WorldCat Identities

Friel, Brian

Works: 229 works in 1,159 publications in 10 languages and 35,018 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Memory plays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  One-act plays  Interviews  Biography  Film adaptations  Short stories  Diaries  History 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor, Translator, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of screenplay, Creator, Contributor
Classifications: PR6056.R5, 822.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Brian Friel
Philadelphia, here I come! by Brian Friel( Book )

68 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broadway hit about a young Irishman on the eve of his emigration to America
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel( Book )

22 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,525 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
Best plays of the sixties by Stanley Richards( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 1,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Killing of Sister George
Lovers by Brian Friel( Book )

44 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,302 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
Translations by Brian Friel( Book )

61 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The action takes place in late August 1833 at a hedge-school in the townland of Baile Beag, an Irish-speaking community in County Donegal. In a nearby field camp, a recently arrived detachment of the Royal Engineers is making the first Ordnance Survey. For the purposes of cartography, the local Gaelic place names have to be recorded and rendered into English. In examining the effects of this operation on the lives of a small group, Brian Friel skillfully reveals the far-reaching personal and cultural effects of an action which is at first sight purely administrative
Selected plays by Brian Friel( Book )

30 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philadelphia, here I come! - The freedom of the city - Living quarters - Aristocrats - Faith healer - Translations
Crystal and Fox, and The Mundy scheme by Brian Friel( Book )

3 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

32 editions published between 1966 and 1992 in English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three-act play concerning a woman of seventy, with a disreputable career behind her, who returns to Ireland
Wonderful Tennessee by Brian Friel( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three married couples wait for a boatman to arrive to ferry them to Oilean Draiochta, Island of Otherness or Mystery. In the course of a night they talk, sing, and tell stories. What started as an escapade assumes the semblance of a pilgrimage. Gradually their true relationships and frailties are revealed in a play full of atmosphere and moods. 'Wonderful Tennessee' was first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in June 1993
Faith healer by Brian Friel( Book )

33 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 582 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 )

15 editions published between 1971 and 2008 in English and held by 500 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
Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Typescript, undated
The freedom of the city by Brian Friel( Book )

33 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Londonderry in 1970, this gripping drama is by the acclaimed author of Faith Healer and Translations, explores the ongoing Irish "troubles" that plague the country to this day. An unauthorized Civil Rights March has been dispersed and three demonstrators, two young men and a middle-aged mother of 11, take refuge in the Town Hall. Hysterical rumor inflates the trio to 40 armed rebels and they are besieged. When they surrender they are shot
Living quarters by Brian Friel( Book )

23 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on the Greek myth of Hippolytus, 'Living Quarters' concerns an Irish army officer who becomes a national hero, and explores the effects this has on his relationship with his family. 'Living Quarters' premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in March 1977
Plays two by Brian Friel( Book )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of five plays by Brian Friel
The communication cord by Brian Friel( Book )

22 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Give me your answer, do! by Brian Friel( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 394 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 )

13 editions published between 1962 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last of the name by Charles McGlinchey( Book )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and French and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

18 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in rural Russia of the mid-nineteenth century. A brilliant, anarchic young medical student Bazarov, arrives at the provincial family villa of his best friend, Arkady, for the summer vacation. He wants to despise the family for their imperturbable complacency, and bourgeois effeteness. But he is tormented by conflicting emotions, and takes desperate action, with tragic consequences
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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 1929-2015

פריל, ברין

פריל, ברײן

براين فرايل، 1929-

برایان فریل

فرييل، برايان، 1929-

브라이언 프리엘

프리엘, 브라이언

프릴, 브라이언


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English (535)

French (24)

German (9)

Italian (2)

Spanish (2)

Czech (2)

Danish (1)

Swedish (1)

Hebrew (1)

Dutch (1)

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