Admired by his peers, notably James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, and by contemporaries like Anthony Burgess, Dylan Thomas and Graham Greene, he became a cult writer in America, and has enjoyed something of a renaissance recently after writers of the popular television series Lost referenced his novel, The Third Policeman, in one of their shows. A brilliant student of languages, classics and Celtic studies at University College Dublin, he was an active member of the Literary and Historical Society, where he honed his debating and heckling skills.
Yeats and the rise of Seamus Heaney, tells the triumphant story of his journey from homespun balladry through early journal and poetry publications to his eventual coronation as one of the most influential figures in Irish poetry.
Kavanagh — was born in County Monaghan, the son of a cobbler-cum-small farmer. He left school at thirteen to work the land but continued to educate himself, reading and writing poetry in his spare time.
In he began contributing verses to the Irish Statesman and was soon publishing in Irish and English journals. His first collection, Ploughman and Other Poems, appeared in and was followed by an autobiography, The Green Fool, in Further collections and the novel Tarry Flynn appeared in the following decades to growing critical acclaim.
Published to widespread praise, Patrick Kavanagh, A Biography traces Kavanagh's publishing history as well as revealing what he was writing in the long interval between his books. This engaging, well-researched account of his daily professional life as a writer, his revisions and redraftings, his negotiations with publishers and editors, dispels the view that he was an untutored, gormless genius visited by an occasional flash of inspiration.
Patrick Kavanagh, A Biography: Table of Contents Introduction.At Swim-To-Birds is a novel by Irish author Brian O’Nolan under the non de plueme Flann O’Brien. At one time, he also used a pen name Myles na Coppaleen (Myles of the Little Horses) taken from the character in Dion Boucicault’s play The Colleen Bawn.
My Flann O’Brien Collection so far.
Last week, Rome had the honour of holding the second International Flann O’Brien conference. It was a great opportunity for Brian O’Nolan fans to come along and talk about Myles Na Gopaleen. Begley, Philomena. Multi-award-winning singer Philomena Begley is an Irish country star whose international career in show business spans fifty-five years.
He also wrote many satirical columns in the Irish Times under the name Myles na gCopaleen.
INTRODUCER BIOGRAPHY: Novelist and journalist Keith Donohue is the author of The Stolen Child and The Irish Anatomist: A Study of Flann O'Brien.
Dr. Donohue in this important new study considers all of Flann O'Brien's (the nom de plume of Brian O'Nolan) work including college writings, letters to the editor and works in Irish. Flann O'Brien wrote extensively in an Irish version of English. The odd grammar reflects elements of Irish sentence structure that helps imbue the language with extra absurdity.
Its a shame that the influence of the Irish language will be superceded by the cocacolanistion of Ireland (and the UK) by the dominant American media culture.