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Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn

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When The Best of Myleswas published in 1968, it was hailed (by S. J. Perelman among others) as one of the supreme comic achievements of the English language. Now, in response to the clamorous demands of men of science and the arts, men of steam, of straw and of the law, comesFurther Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn.

Flann O'Brien adopted the name "Myles na Gopaleen" for the hilarious Cruiskeen Lawn column which he wrote for The Irish Times from 1940-1966. Whereas The Best of Myles ...

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Overview

When The Best of Myleswas published in 1968, it was hailed (by S. J. Perelman among others) as one of the supreme comic achievements of the English language. Now, in response to the clamorous demands of men of science and the arts, men of steam, of straw and of the law, comesFurther Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn.

Flann O'Brien adopted the name "Myles na Gopaleen" for the hilarious Cruiskeen Lawn column which he wrote for The Irish Times from 1940-1966. Whereas The Best of Myles covered the first five years of the column's life, this companion edition covers the period from 1947-1957. Here can be found the true transcripts of Myles's clashes with the law courts on charges of larceny, currency offenses, marrying without the consent of his parents, gang warfare, and using bad language; here too are bizarre obituaries, bores, banalities, jovialities and immoralities, and the return of the preposterous Brother. Also included is the first-ever Myles article.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The cleverest wit to grace the pages of any English language newspaper this century." — Books and Book Men

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"O'Brien is always worth investigation by the converted, the curious, and the endemically lighthearted." — Kirkus Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews
Not yard debris, but more installments (1947-57) of The Irish Times "Full Jug" column by querulous comic provocateur O'Brien (The Poor Mouth, 1974, etc.). Born Brian Ó Nualláin, Irish civil servant Brian Nolan—for 26 years known to Irish Times readers as Myles nagCopaleen ("Miles of the Little Horses")—wrote five novels (notably the "sober farce" At Swim-Two-Birds, not reviewed) as Flann O'Brien. Here Myles, the unwilling pub eavesdropper, endures bores ("It's a disease, you know") and re-encounters the Brother, who reads and reviews books: "An engrossing story of mankind at handigrips with fate." Myles also frequents the courts (having smashed a radio station's recording of the Blue Danube Waltz after listening to 4,312 airings in one year), and he tries to calculate how fat you'd have to be to be seen dead in a field of wheat. Pedantry, faux-profundity, and windy clerics get hoisted skyward, although there are no notes to illumine burning issues now 50 years old. Exercised by architects wheezing about "vocation" ("I wonder at what price this art and sanctity cubes out on the job?"), Myles is quite comfortable tackling diplomacy ("Shake hands and be fiends?")—for if musicians can descant on politics, why not politicians on consecutive fifths? A ringmaster of Higher Nonsense, Myles attains an apogee of non sequituria in one rhapsody which careens from Dublin theaters to "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" to a magazine psychologist's warning that "You Can't Always Card-Index Love!" This reprint of a 1976 UK edition (here publishedinthe US for the first time) demonstrates that a columnist cannot always be on form. The Best of Myles (1968, not reviewed) might be a better start, but O'Brien is always worth investigation by the converted, the curious, and the endemically lighthearted.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564782410
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: John F. Byrne Irish Literature Series
  • Pages: 189
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

"Flann O'Brien" is the pseudonym 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.

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