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Behan, Brendan

Works: 441 works in 1,650 publications in 8 languages and 26,193 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Drama  Comedy plays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fairy tales  Juvenile works  Records and correspondence  Fiction  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Performer, Speaker, Contributor, Other, Honoree, Dedicatee, Bibliographic antecedent, Translator, Interviewee, Narrator
Classifications: PR6003.E417, 822.914
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Most widely held works by Brendan Behan
The hostage by Brendan Behan( Book )

151 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An innocent British soldier is taken into a bawdy Irish bar by the IRA as a hostage, to be shot if the British go through with the execution of an IRA youth. He has a romance with the barmaid. She and several habitues try unsuccessfully to arrange his escape. He is shot in the attempt but not for long. Right in the middle of his own requiem he rises to sing a final rousing song
The complete plays by Brendan Behan( Book )

58 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and held by 1,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume contains everything Behan wrote in dramatic form in English. First come the three famous full-length plays: The Quare Fellow, set in an Irish prison, is "something very like a masterpiece" (John Russell Taylor); The Hostage, set in a Dublin lodging-house of doubtful repute, "shouts, sings, thunders and stamps with life . . . a masterpiece" (Harold Hobson); and Richard's Cork Leg, set largely in a graveyard, is nevertheless "a joyous celebration of life" (Michael Billington). There follow three little-known one-act plays originally written for radio and all intensely autobiographical: Moving Out, A Garden Party and The Big House."--Publisher's description
The quare fellow : a comedy-drama by Brendan Behan( Book )

70 editions published between 1956 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skuespil om fængselsliv og dødsstraf
The quare fellow ; and the hostage : two plays by Brendan Behan( Book )

9 editions published in 1964 in English and Undetermined and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Quare Fellow", a tragi-comedy, is set in an Irish prison on the eve of an execution. Beneath the humor is a savage indictment against the bestiality of capital punishment. "The Hostage" is set in a Dublin lodging house, where a young soldier is being held hostage in reprisal for an I.R.A. man who is to be hanged
The Scarperer by Brendan Behan( Book )

39 editions published between 1864 and 1988 in 3 languages and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of rogues escape from prison and head for Paris and a pot of gold, only to have their plans upset by a little old Irish lady
The King of Ireland's son by Brendan Behan( Book )

15 editions published between 1962 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sent to find the source of the heavenly music heard throughout the kingdom, the youngest son of the King of Ireland finds a beautiful maiden held captive by a fierce giant
Richard's cork leg by Brendan Behan( Book )

31 editions published between 1973 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brendan Behan's New York by Brendan Behan( Book )

34 editions published between 1964 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His anthropological investigations cover a wide variety of places, people and things, always accompanied by ribald anecdote and rumbustious description. Whether he is buying a paper off an old lady in Harlem, swimming in the baths at the Young Men's Hebrew Association, visiting a bum on the Bowery, or having a jar with "one of his own" in an Irish saloon on Third Avenue, he has always an eye for the color of the situation and the wit to express it. Neither the serious nor the absurd are secure from his investigations, and the sacred cows fall happily. From the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village to Costello's on Third Avenue, from Mott Street in Chinatown to the Hotel Chelsea on Twenty-third Street, Brendan Behan traces an erratic path about the city, encountering such luminaries as Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, William O. Douglas and Leonard Lyons - telling a tale here, embroidering an anecdote there and always passing the time of day after his own inimitable fashion. The spirit of the text is brilliantly complemented by Paul Hogarth, whose drawings evoke a nostalgia for the known and not so well-known features of the "melting pot of the world," and continue the partnership which proved to be so successful in Brendan Behan's Island
Borstal boy by Brendan Behan( Book )

122 editions published between 1958 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behans verslag van zijn verblijf in een tuchtschool
After the wake : twenty-one prose works including previously unpublished material by Brendan Behan( Book )

26 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brendan Behan's genius was to strike a chord between critic and common man. When he died, at the age of 41, he was arguably the most celebrated Irish writer of the twentieth century. After the Wake is a collection of seven prose works and a series of articles. It includes all that exists of an unfinished novel, ‘The Caracombs', and pieces together items whose comic and fanciful accounts evoke Flann O'Brien. Also featured are works of acknowledged excellence, ‘The Confirmation Suit' and ‘A Woman of No Standing'. This writing bears all the hallmarks of the author's talent – an ab
Brendan Behan, interviews and recollections by Brendan Behan( Book )

14 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brendan Behan's island : an Irish sketch-book by Brendan Behan( Book )

32 editions published between 1962 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the snug of the 'Shaky Man' (probably the nearest pub to Guinness Brewery in Dublin) Brendan Behan take us on a tour of his native country. Not very much topographical information is imparted perhaps and even the Georgian architecture for which Dublin is deservedly famous is scarcely mentioned: 'Good architecture,' Mr. Behan reports as architect friend as saying 'is invisible.' Mr Behan is less interested in things than in people and a galaxy of characters and stories about the inhabitants of that Augustan city cross his pages. But Brendan has been outside Dublin from time to time as London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Montreal, San Francisco and Mexico City can well witness. His investigations among the aborigines of those famed cities are not his concern in this book, however: those anthropological investigations must await another occasion for the telling. Here he regales us with his views on Dublin, the North of Ireland, Galway and the Aran Islands and the counties of the south - always with an eye on the people and their habits rather than on the places themselves. He was accompanied on many expeditions by Paul Hogarth, whose drawings complement the spirit of the text as no other artist's could have done. Intellectuality stimulating, Mr. Behan discourses on the evils of drinking potheen, the mores of Limerick girls, storytellers in the last bastion of Gaelic culture on the Aran Islands, the Irish middle-classes and what he calls 'the Anglo-Irish Horse-Protestants.' Enlivened with song, poem, story, and Paul Hogarth's drawings, this book tells a lot about Ireland but tells us even more about that fascinating human Behan
An Giall ; The hostage by Brendan Behan( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moving out, and A garden party by Brendan Behan( Book )

8 editions published in 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The quare fellow( Visual )

7 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Legendary Irish playwright Brendan Behan's insider's look at life on death row is a film "studded with gem-like performances" (Hollywood Reporter) that packs "a harsh Irish eloquence and a brutal dramatic punch" (New York Times)
The hostage by Brendan Behan( Recording )

11 editions published in 1965 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems and a play in Irish by Brendan Behan( Book )

11 editions published between 1981 and 1989 in Irish and English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hold your hour and have another by Brendan Behan( Book )

33 editions published between 1963 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life styles : poems by Ulick O'Connor( Book )

4 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete plays [of] Brendan Behan by Brendan Behan( Book )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The complete plays
The complete playsThe King of Ireland's sonBorstal boyAfter the wake : twenty-one prose works including previously unpublished materialThe complete plays [of] Brendan BehanThe letters of Brendan BehanConfessions of an Irish rebel
Alternative Names
Behan, Brendan 1923–1964

Behan, Brendan Francis 1923-1964

Behan, Brendan Francis Aidan

Behan, Brendan Francis Aidan, 1923-1964

Bièn, Brendan

Bihanas B.

Breandán Ó Beacháin

Brehan, Brendan, 1923-1964

Brendan Behan drammaturgo e scrittore irlandese

Brendan Behan irischer Schriftsteller, Journalist und IRA-Aktivist

Brendan Behan irländsk poet och författare

Brendan Behan irsk poet og skribent

Brendan Behan poeta, escritor de contos, romancista e dramaturgo irlandês

Brendan Behan schrijver uit Ierland (1923-1964)

Brendan Francis Behan

Brendanas Behanas

Byhanas Brendanas

Byhenas Brendanas

Ó Beacháin, Breandán

Street Emmet

Street, Emmet 1923-1964

Μπρένταν Μπήαν

Биэн, Брэндан 1923-1964

Брендан Биэн ирландский писатель, журналист

Брендън Биън

Біен Брендан

בהאן, ברנדן

בוהן, ברנדן

ביהן, ברנדן 1923-1964

ברנדן בהאן סופר אירי

براندان بيهان

برندان بهان

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布兰登·贝汉 爱尔兰诗人、短篇小说作家、小说家和剧作家

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