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Friel, Brian

Works: 218 works in 1,143 publications in 11 languages and 34,944 library holdings
Genres: Drama  One-act plays  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Film adaptations  Biography  Short stories  History  Diaries  Domestic drama 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Translator, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Author of screenplay, 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 5 languages and held by 1,831 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 )

23 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,526 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 )

42 editions published between 1968 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,307 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 )

59 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,115 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 camps a recently arrived detachment of the Royal Engineers, 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 skilfully reveals the far-reaching personal and cultural effects of an action which is at first sight purely administrative. -- from back cover
Dancing at Lughnasa by Pat O'Connor( Visual )

25 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,111 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 four 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
Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel( Book )

52 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Typescript, undated
Selected plays by Brian Friel( Book )

28 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 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

35 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
Wonderful Tennessee by Brian Friel( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 696 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 )

37 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 602 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 )

14 editions published between 1971 and 2008 in English and held by 493 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 freedom of the city by Brian Friel( Book )

32 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in English and held by 435 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 )

21 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 420 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
The communication cord by Brian Friel( Book )

22 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays two by Brian Friel( Book )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 413 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 388 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 last of the name by Charles McGlinchey( Book )

12 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( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gold in the sea by Brian Friel( Book )

8 editions published between 1962 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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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 (553)

German (33)

French (22)

Italian (3)

Danish (2)

Czech (2)

Swedish (1)

Hebrew (1)

Spanish (1)

Dutch (1)

Turkish (1)

Dancing at LughnasaLoversTranslationsMolly SweeneySelected playsThe loves of Cass McGuire : a playWonderful TennesseeFaith healer