Brendan Behan

Brendan Behan (bē´hăn), 1923–64, Irish dramatist. A notoriously outspoken and uninhibited man, he joined the Irish Republican Army in 1937 and was twice imprisoned for political offenses. His first play, The Quare Fellow (1956), a grimly comic drama set in the hours preceding a prison hanging, was followed by The Hostage (1958), a song and dance farce set in a brothel. Brendan Behan's Island: an Irish Sketch-Book (1962) is a miscellaneous collection.

See his autobiographical Borstal Boy (1958); biographies by his brother Dominic Behan (1966) and U. O'Connor (1971).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Brendan Behan: Selected full-text books and articles

Borstal Boy
Brendan Behan.
D.R. Godine, 1982
Modern Irish Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
Alexander G. Gonzalez.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Brendan Behan (1923-1964)" begins on p. 14
The Ways of the World: Comedy and Society
Robert Bechtold Heilman.
University of Washington Press, 1978
Librarian’s tip: "Behan's 'The Hostage'" begins on p. 158
Representing Ireland: Gender, Class, Nationality
Susan Shaw Sailer.
University Press of Florida, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Women, 'Queers,' Love, and Politics: The Crying Game as a Corrective Adaptation of/Reply to The Hostage"
Alfred Kazin.
Little, Brown, 1962
Irish Playwrights, 1880-1995: A Research and Production Sourcebook
Bernice Schrank; William W. Demastes.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Brendan Francis Behan (1923-1964)" begins on p. 23
1964: Brendan Behan at Lime Grove
Muggeridge, Malcolm.
New Statesman (1996), Vol. 128, No. 4465, December 6, 1999
The Angry Theatre: New British Drama
John Russell Taylor.
Hill and Wang, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Brendan Behan begins on p. 102
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