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Book Title: Various Lives of Keats and Chapman and the Brother|
The author of the book: Flann O'Brien
ISBN 13: 9781903650608
Edition: Mass Market Paperback,
Date of issue: November 3rd 2003
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First published as a column in THE IRISH TIMES, the hilarious escapades of Keats and Chapman (based on the Romantic poet and the translator of Homer respectively) that comprise this volume illuminate the extraordinary talent of the Irish modernist Flann O'Brien. Labelled by the author 'studies in literary pathology', the vignettes - each concluding in a terrible, bathetic pun - are the work of a extraordinarily funny mind exploring the limits of the shaggy dog story. Many have attempted their own Keats and Chapman story, but, in O'Brien's own words, 'Nearly all the stories that reach me from the outside are, for one reason or another, pretty bad - bad in the sense that they are too good...'
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Read information about the authorPseudonym of Brian Ó Nualláin, also known as Brian O'Nolan.
His English novels appeared under the name of Flann O’Brien, while his great Irish novel and his newspaper column (which appeared from 1940 to 1966) were signed Myles na gCopaleen or Myles na Gopaleen – the second being a phonetic rendering of the first. One of twelve brothers and sisters, he was born in 1911 in Strabane, County Tyrone, into an Irish-speaking family. His father had learned Irish while a young man during the Gaelic revival the son was later to mock. O’Brien’s childhood has been described as happy, though somewhat insular, as the language spoken at home was not that spoken by their neighbours. The Irish language had long been in decline, and Strabane was not in an Irish-speaking part of the country. The family moved frequently during O’Brien’s childhood, finally settling in Dublin in 1925. Four years later O’Brien took up study in University College Dublin.
Flann O'Brien is considered a major figure in twentieth century Irish literature. Flann O'Brien novels have attracted a wide following for their bizarre humour and Modernist metafiction.
The café and shop of Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich (www.culturlann.ie), at the heart of the Belfast Gaeltacht Quarter, is named An Ceathrú Póilí ("The Fourth Policeman"), as a play-on-words of the title of O'Brien's book The Third Policeman.
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