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Brendan Behan

(1923—1964) writer


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(1923–64),

Irish playwright, was arrested in 1939 for his involvement with the IRA, and his subsequent period of Borstal training is described in his autobiographical Borstal Boy (1958). His best‐known works are The Hostage (1958), a tragi‐comedy about an English soldier held hostage in a Dublin brothel, and The Quare Fellow (1956), set in an Irish prison on the eve of a hanging.

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