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A Week in Literary History

October 5th, 2002

In 1911, Irish journalist and novelist Flann O’Brien, a k a Myles na gCopaleen (The Third Policeman, 1967), is born Brian O’Nuallin in Strabane, County Tyrone.

Flann O’Brien, b. October 5, 1911, d. 1966

obrienflann.jpgO’Brien, born Brian O’Nolan, is probably the least-known of the twentieth century’s great writers in English. Despite the brilliance of his debut novel At Swim-Two-Birds, only four of his books were published in his lifetime. He compensated by writing one of Ireland’s funniest and most popular newspaper columns for many years. His books, though, are all in print now. Read the novels through and dabble joyously in the collected journalism; for humor and amazingly inventive language, there is simply no one to equal him.

Suggested Reading Novels At Swim-Two-Birds, 1939. The Poor Mouth, 1941. The Hard Life, 1961. The Dalkey Archive, 1964. The Third Policeman, 1967. Other The Best of Myles: A Selection from “Cruiskeen Lawn,” 1968. Stories and Plays, 1973. The Various Lives of Keats and Chapman and The Brother, 1976. Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn, 1976. The Hair of the Dogma, 1978. Myles Before Myles: A Selection of the Earlier Writings of Brian O’Nolan, 1988.

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