Brendan Behan, poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright. Behan joined the IRA at sixteen, which led to his serving time in a borstal youth prison in England and was also imprisoned in Republic of Ireland. In 1954, Behan’s first play The Quare Fellow was produced in Dublin. Behan’s autobiographical novel, Borstal Boy, was published the same year and became a worldwide best-seller. Behan was known for his drinking problem, which resulted in his suffering from diabetes, which ultimately resulted in his death on 20 March 1964. He was given an IRA guard of honour which escorted his coffin and it was described by several newspapers as the biggest funeral since those of Michael Collins and Charles Stewart Parnell.
BEHAN, Brendan: Brendan Behan’s Island (Signed Copy)
BEHAN, Brendan. Brendan Behan’s Island. An Irish Sketch-book. With drawings by Paul Hogarth. Illustrated. 914 London: Hutchinson, 1962. First edition. pp. 192. Green and brown paper boards, title in gilt on spine. Top edges red. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on title page. L3 8E
BEHAN, Brendan: The Hostage Programme at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 11th June 1959.
Brendan Behan’s Hostage. Performed at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 11th June 1959.
BEHAN, Brendan. The Hostage
BEHAN, Brendan. The Hostage. London: Methuen, 1958. Crown octavo. First edition. pp. vi, 92. Black cloth, titled in green. A very good copy in frayed dust jacket. L3 8E