Brendan Behan Biography

Author, Journalist, Playwright (1923–1964)
Bredan Behan was a rebellious Irish author of plays and short stories noted for his earthy satire and powerful political commentary.


Born in 1923 in Dublin, Brendan Behan was reared in a family active in revolutionary causes against the British. At the age of eight, he began what became a lifelong battle with alcoholism. After several jail terms, Behan write two plays that put him on the map: The Quare Fellow and The Hostage. When the latter opened on Broadway, Behan became celebrated in the theater world.

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