The Best of Myles

The Best of Myles

Paperback John F. Byrne Irish Literature Series

By (author) Flann O'Brien

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  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 216mm x 25mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 13 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Normal, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1564782158
  • ISBN 13: 9781564782151
  • Edition statement: Dalkey Archive.
  • Sales rank: 211,841

Product description

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.

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Author information

Flann O'Brien (1911-1966) is the author of The Dalkey Archive, At Swim-Two-Birds, The Hard Life, The Poor Mouth, and The Third Policeman, all available from Dalkey Archive Press.

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The best comic writer I can think of. -- S.J. Perelman 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. Observer A lot of American readers think that S.J. Perelman was the humorous essayist of the century; but who did Perelman himself consider the best comic writer around? Flann O'Brien, aka Myles na Gopaleen, aka Brian O'Nolan... Not to be missed. Washington Post