Portrait frontispiece. London: Hutchinson, 1958. First edition. Octavo. pp. 343. Mauve cloth, titled in silver. A few nicks to dust jacket. A near fine copy.
'Borstal Boy' records Behan's experiences from the day of his arrest in Liverpool as a sixteen-year-old volunteer for the I.R.A., his imprisonment, trial, remand to Borstal Institution, and final release. His thoughts, his associations, his reading, and his fights are set forth with rare poetical insight. John Wain in his review in 'The New York Times' states " ... he is a real writer. Every page in the autobiographical 'Borstal Boy' shows him as an artist who takes writing seriously, ponders its problems deeply, and is his own best critic." Dust jacket design by B.S. Biro.
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