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The Best of Myles (John F. Byrne Irish Literature Series)by Flann Obrien
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The great Irish humorist and writer Flann O'Brien, aka Brian O'Nolan, aka Myles na Gopaleen, also wrote a newspaper column called "Cruiskeen Lawn." The Best of Myles collects the best and funniest, covering such subjects as plumbers, the justice system, and improbable inventions.
"The best comic writer I can think of."--S.J. Perelman
Brilliant, morosely inventive comic turns devoted to O'Brien'sfavourite topics: the literary life, the Gaelic Revival, civil servicebureaucracy, booze and its discontents.This volume collects the best of [his newspaper] pieces. O'Brien leans onmany Irish clichçs (poverty, boozing, etc.) but uses them often withgreat humor.Not to be missed.
About the Author
Flann O'Brien, whose real name was Brian O'Nolan, also wrote under the pen name of Myles na Gopaleen. He was born in 1911 in County Tyrone. A resident of Dublin, he graduated from University College after a brilliant career as a student (editing a magazine called Blather) and joined the Civil Service, in which he eventually attained a senior position. He wrote throughout his life, which ended in Dublin on April 1, 1966. His other novels include The Dalkey Archive, The Third Policeman, The Hard Life, and The Poor Mouth, all available from Dalkey Archive Press. Also available are three volumes of his newspaper columns: The Best of Myles, Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn, and At War.
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