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O'Brien, Flann, (1911-1966.) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Name: O'Brien, Flann, (1911-1966.)

Historical Note: Brian O'Nolan, born 5 October 1911, began his literary career as a newspaper columnist writing under various pseudonyms: George Knowall, John Doe, Myles na Gopaleen, and Flann O'Brien.  His later works include sketches, TV scripts, and novels; the best-known of which is At Swim-Two-Birds.  One novel, The Dalkey Archive, was rewritten as a play, The Saints Go Cycling In, by Hugh Leonard.  O'Nolan's flair for comedy in all his works was admired by such prominent authors as James Joyce, Graham Greene, Dylan Thomas, Brendan Behan, and S.J. Perelman.  Brian O'Nolan died in Dublin on 1 April 1966.

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