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Writer Brian O'Nolan was born on October 5, 1911. He graduated from University College, Dublin. This gifted Irish writer had three identities: Brian O'Nolan, an Irish civil servant and administrator; Myles Copaleen, columnist for the Irish Times, poet and author of An Beal Bocht (The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story about the Hard Life, 1941), a satire in Gaelic on the Gaelic revival; and Flann O'Brien, playwright and avant-garde comic novelist. His masterpiece, At Swim-Two-Birds (1939), went almost unrecognized in its time. This novel, which plays havoc with the conventional novel form, is about a man writing a book about characters in turn writing about him. O'Brien starts off with three separate openings. The Third Policeman (1967), funny but grim, plunges into the world of the dead, though one is not immediately aware that the protagonist is no longer living. He died on April 1, 1966. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Third Policeman 3,888 copies, 112 reviews
At Swim-Two-Birds (Author) 2,997 copies, 58 reviews
The Poor Mouth 893 copies, 13 reviews
The Dalkey Archive 784 copies, 9 reviews
The best of Myles 698 copies, 7 reviews
The Hard Life (Author) 514 copies, 4 reviews
Stories and Plays 110 copies, 1 review
At War (Lannan Selection) 102 copies, 1 review
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (Contributor) 458 copies, 8 reviews
Best of Modern Humor (Contributor) 270 copies, 3 reviews
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (Contributor) 139 copies
Great Irish Detective Stories (Contributor) 79 copies
The Penguin Book of Irish Comic Writing (Author, some editions; Author, some editions) 23 copies, 1 review
The Brother [VHS] (Based on work) 1 copy

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