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The Best of Myles brings together the best of Flann O'Brien's newspaper column "Cruiskeen Lawn," written over a nearly thirty-year period. Covering such subjects as plumbers, the justice system, and improbable inventions, O'Brien (whose real name was Brian O'Nolan, though his newspaper pseudonym was Myles na Gopaleen) is replete with zany humor and biting satire directed at the Irish and their preoccupations. Most of all, however, The Best of Myles displays O'Brien's unique ...

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Overview

The Best of Myles brings together the best of Flann O'Brien's newspaper column "Cruiskeen Lawn," written over a nearly thirty-year period. Covering such subjects as plumbers, the justice system, and improbable inventions, O'Brien (whose real name was Brian O'Nolan, though his newspaper pseudonym was Myles na Gopaleen) is replete with zany humor and biting satire directed at the Irish and their preoccupations. Most of all, however, The Best of Myles displays O'Brien's unique mastery of language and style.

Dalkey Archive Press

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Editorial Reviews

The Observer
“Brilliant, morosely inventive comic turns devoted to O'Brien's favourite topics: the literary life, the Gaelic Revival, civil service bureaucracy, booze and its discontents.”
Washington Post
“Not to be missed.”
From the Publisher
"The best comic writer I can think of."-S.J. Perelman

Dalkey Archive Press

Library Journal
Though best known for his fine novels, Irish writer O'Brien also wrote under the name Myles na Gopaleen a newspaper column in the Irish Times called "Cruiskeen Lawn" for more than 30 years. This 1968 volume collects the best of those pieces. O'Brien leans on many Irish clich s (poverty, boozing, etc.) but uses them often with great humor. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564782151
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: John F. Byrne Irish Literature Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Preface 11
Waama, Etc 15
The Brother 41
The Plain People of Ireland 79
Research Bureau 112
The Cruiskeen Court of Voluntary Jurisdiction 137
The District Court 148
Sir Myles Na gCopaleen 154
For Steam Men 163
Keats and Chapman 180
The Myles Na gCopaleen Catechism of Cliche 201
Criticism, Art, Letters 228
Irish and Related Matters 262
Bores 286
Miscellaneous 306
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2001

    A catechism of irregularity

    The book begins with the biggest bang for your proverbial buck--the Bookhandlers / Escort Service articles, which are some of the funniest things I have read. I will not spoil them for you here. The book is arranged roughly into thematically cohesive sections, which means that several columns of a similar nature that appeared in the paper over years are next to each other. Thusly, I suggest skipping around in the book to get the same feel as you would reading the columns as they appeared. Mr. O'Brien/na Gopaleen/O'Nolan was not only funny, he was painfully erudite--sections of the book are in Latin, Gaelic, and even English rendered into the Gaelic writing system! Long build-ups to academic puns, spot-on dialogues, and criticisms of all that was facile [and fashionable] Irishy are of course par for the course. You'll want to keep this by your bed so you can read bits of it when the mood strikes.

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